Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¼ x 9⅜
978-1-4758-3872-5 • Hardback • February 2018 • $72.00 • (£55.00)
978-1-4758-3873-2 • Paperback • February 2018 • $36.00 • (£28.00)
978-1-4758-3874-9 • eBook • February 2018 • $34.00 • (£26.00)
Steve Ford had a great run as a sixth-grade writing specialist with the Saint Paul Public Schools. Starting out, he had no curriculum—only a passion for writing and teaching—but after months of researching pedagogical scholarship and experimenting with his students, he came up with his own unique brand of writing instruction, which has formed the basis of Keys to Inspiration. To learn more about Steve Ford, please check out www.stevefordwriting.com.
ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionSection I – Let’s Write!
Section II – Major Projects
- Moment One, Day One‒Taking the Plunge
- Revising Moment One: Questions in the Margins
- Student Biographies
- Respect, the Booklet
- Writers’ Workshop
- Commonalities: General to Specific
- Dramatic Details
- Odd Objects
- Music Picture/Writing
- A Non-essay on Elements
- Slow Motion
- Fast Forward
- Create a Life
- Let’s Write a Walter Mitty!
- In Other Words: Paraphrasing
- Write More! Things to Consider
Section III – Mechanics - Introduction to Mechanics
- Commonalities in Essays, Editorials, Research Writing, and Debate: An Introduction to Four Projects
- Persuasive Essay
- Editorials and Editorial Cartoons
- Writing a Research Report
- Oral Presentation
- Technical Writing
AppendixAppendix A: Spelling ListsAppendix B: Spelling-related ListsAppendix C: Other ListsBibliography
- Introduction to Mechanics
- Punctuation, Clauses, and Sentence Types
What sets Steve Ford’s book apart is that he unpacks the mystery of motivation. He shows us that when students journey to their emotional center, inspiration follows, and students write. Buckle up as Steve takes us on a genre-writing journey, entertaining us along the way!
— Judith Mitzuk, literacy Coach, Saint Paul Public Schools
With eloquence and deftness, Steve Ford offers educators a compelling approach to teaching composition—writing from the heart. As a parent whose four children experienced Steve Ford first-hand, I recommend this winsome writer and his wonderful book.
— Lori Goetz, parent
Like Steve Ford, I believe strongly that writing leads to self-awareness, and that writing belongs in every discipline. These beliefs were the foundation of my literacy courses over the years, and they’re reflected throughout Keys to Inspiration. I wish this powerful book, full of inspirational lessons and projects, had been available to the future teachers in my classrooms.
— Barbara Elvecrog, professor emeritus, Hamline University
Mr. Ford understood the fundamental truth that good writing comes from raw emotion. Be it poetry or a play, he cultivated the inner writer in each of us. Too many writing teachers focus on the mechanics of language and forget why we write in the first place: to express ourselves. Instead of starting out with the "what?" Mr. Ford begins by asking young writers the far more interesting question: "Why?"
— Mary Mei, former student
Ford, a former sixth grade writing teacher, has developed a writing program filled with ideas and lessons that have succeeded in his classroom . . . librarians will appreciate Ford’s passion for lessons that encourage students to develop their own voice.
— Library Journal