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High-Impact Writing Clinics

High-Impact Writing Clinics
20 Projectable Lessons for Building Literacy Across Content Areas

First Edition

Foreword by Stephanie Harvey, Includes DVD with 20 Ready-to-go PowerPoint Lessons

October 2013 | 224 pages | Corwin

Next-generation lessons for today’s student writers

Move over, old-school writing lessons. In High-Impact Writing Clinics, teacher-poets Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger deliver 21st-century engagements in a 21st-century format that are certain to finally hook today’s i-touch generation on writing--and help meet the Common Core Standards, too.

How? Sara and Michael’s 20 high-energy projectable lessons for grades 4-8 harness the brevity and potency of poetry for teaching the intricate skills behind writing well in any subject. The 100 poems—set against vivid full-color photographs and graphics on more than 500 slides—serve as a springboard for activities in which students read, discuss, and write to meet the literacy objectives of the Common Core:

  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
  • Interpret words and phrases as they are used in text—including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings—and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone
  • Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience

If our students are to read and write complex literary and informational texts independently, they need highly effective, instructional scaffolding. With High-Impact Writing Clinics teachers and students alike will become fully equipped to do the rigorous, deep dives into complex texts day after day.

“I encourage you to jump right into High-Impact Writing Clinics. Your kids will thrive. And they will become far better writers who will not only meet, but exceed, the standards.”
—Stephanie Harvey, Coauthor of Strategies That Work, Second Edition

At-a-Glance Clinic Descriptions
Foreword by Stephanie Harvey
Clinic 1. Objective versus Subjective: Making Sense of Opinions
Clinic 2. The List Poem
Clinic 3. The Summary Poem: What's the Big Idea?
Clinic 4. The Found Poem: Finding the Unusual in the Usual
Clinic 5. Feelings Made Visual
Clinic 6. Couplets on the Brain
Clinic 7. No Longer the Same: Building Comparisons
Clinic 8. The Questioning Poem: A Way of Wondering
Clinic 9. Refrain: Come Again?
Clinic 10. Personification: A Word Walks in . . .
Clinic 11. Point of View
Clinic 12. Word Definition Poems
Clinic 13. Weighting the Evidence: Logical Poetry
Clinic 14. The Prepositional Phrase Poem
Clinic 15. Simile for Me
Clinic 16. Metaphor Mentor Text
Clinic 17. Exquisite Metaphors: Comparing Apples and Oranges
Clinic 18. The Extended Metaphor: Care and Feeding
Clinic 19. Revision up Close: Self-Edit Checklist
Clinic 20. Speaking out: Public Speaking with Conviction
Revision Checklist
About the Poets
Index of Poems

Free resources

Speaking Out: Public Speaking with Conviction

Speaking Out: Public Speaking with Conviction

The number-one fear of mankind is public speaking, according to various studies. While we can’t guarantee that we can alleviate all of your students’ stage fright, we can provide you with this lesson from High-Impact Writing Clinics to make their forays into oral presentations a bit more successful with helpful hints to alleviate their fears.


“Leave it to Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger to come up with a resource that allows kids to be the diverse group of individuals they can and want to be—and at the same time paves a route for them to meet the Common Core Standards. . . . I really wish I had written this resource. Having read it, it is tough not to be jealous.”

Stephanie Harvey, Coauthor of Strategies That Work, Second Edition

High-Impact Writing Clinics is a unique, practical, clever, and just-right-for-the-times resource. Poetry is an integral part of the Common Core Standards. And just in time, here comes a truly easy-to-use resource, with all the connections made, lessons provided, ready-to-use slides, and texts included. If you can turn on PowerPoint, you can teach these lessons!”

Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Coauthor of The Best-Kept Teaching Secret

“Is poetry relevant in this era of Common Core? Absolutely! Anyone who doubts this needs to pick up this remarkable book by Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger, who show how poetry is not only relevant but an engaging way for students to meet these rigorous standards. . . . Sara and Michael show students (and their teachers) the power of imagination and observation, even as they read closely and work to meet the standards.”

Stevi Quate, Independent Consultant and Staff Developer
Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC)

“I highly recommend this resource for all teachers. In addition to showing how each lesson addresses the CCSS, Sara and Michael demystify poetry writing for students of all ages. This book also includes poems that exemplify, extend, and reinforce each lesson. Using High-Impact Writing Clinics is like having Sara and Michael as enthusiastic co-teachers in your own classroom.”

Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D., Director
English Teaching Program, University of Montana

“As I read High-Impact Writing Clinics, I felt as though I had been transported back to my own classroom with two amazing poets in residence. Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger give teachers and writers the tools to make the world stand still so we can capture a moment in words. The lessons and original poems bring writers to the sights and sounds that are at the heart of a real writing workshop.”

Janet Allen, Author of Plugged Into Reading
Key features
  • Each Clinic focuses on one or two writing skills, offering opportunities to teach and re-teach essential communication and literacy skills.
  • Each Writing Clinic comes with an outline and a companion projectable lesson. These slide presentations are for use during the lesson and attach images to the concepts for students—especially helpful for visual learners.
  • The projectable lessons include step by step notes to guide teachers through the teaching of the lesson.
  • The notes for the teacher are also reproduced in the accompanying spiral bound book for ease of use.
In addition to the projectable lessons, the companion website contains a searchable spreadsheet with hyperlinks to the individual lessons. Teachers can use this feature to search the lessons by…
  • Purpose
  • Common Core Standards it addresses
  • Content area(s) the lesson applies to
  • Writing craft element(s) it teaches

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