With over 20 years in education, Whitney La Rocca has been a teacher, a literacy coach, and a consultant, working with children and teachers across grade levels, schools, and districts. With a deep knowledge of content, standards, and best practices, Whitney enjoys delivering professional development and coaching teachers to empower children to create their identities in the world of literacy. Whitney is able to consult in a variety of ways including implementing reading and writing workshop and balanced literacy, working with instructional coaches on their coaching methods, small group instruction and conferring in reading and writing, and, of course, authentic grammar instruction.
As co-author with Jeff Anderson of Patterns of Power and its family of resources, Whitney shares strategies with teachers that inspire our youngest writers to explore author’s craft and purpose to create meaning for readers. Because she is a life-long learner, Whitney continues to learn from children each day.
Instead of chanting grammar rules or completing countless convention worksheets, Jeff Anderson and literacy coach Whitney La Rocca invite young writers to explore conventions as special effects devices that activate meaning. Their students study authentic texts and come to recognize these "patterns of power"—the essential grammar conventions that readers and writers require to make meaning.
"This book offers teachers practical, classroom-ready advice to take their teaching of conventions to the next level. Whitney and Jeff offer planning moves to teach students about any convention, and dozens of lessons that are already planned...the advice they give is to always connect the teaching of conventions to craft and style, not just to memorize rules." - Jennifer Serravallo