JoAnn Portalupi and Ralph Fletcher
About TQW
About the Authors


  • Lesson Cards
  • Teacher's Guide
  • CD-ROM

    New! On-site Professional Support

    Lessons from the
    Writer's Notebook

    Contents organized by Quality
    View Contents by Genre Cycle | View Individual Genre Cycles in Depth
      I-1 Create an Authority List
      I-2 Create a Poem from a Story
      I-3 Create a Poem with Imagery, Emotion, and Music
      I-4 Dig Up Buried Stories
      I-5 Find Your Own Purpose for Writing
      I-6 Make a Personal Connection
      I-7 Try a New Genre
      I-8 Use Plot, Place, and Character in a Story
      I-9 Use R-U-P-R When Writing to a Prompt
      I-10 Elaborate on an Idea
      I-11 Embellish an Idea
      I-12 Free Write for Specifics
      I-13 Invent Specifics to Fill In Memory Gaps
      I-14 Use Authentic Details
      I-15 Use General Information & Specific Details
      I-16 Use Inference to Let Readers Fill In the Gap
      I-17 Use Supporting Details
      I-18 Value Your Experience
      I-19 Make a Comparison
      I-20 Use a Metaphor
      I-21 Use Personification
      I-22 Bring Your Characters to Life
      I-23 Describe What Your Characters Look Like
      I-24 Develop the Inner Story
      I-25 Develop Your Characters
      I-26 Make Your Story Believable
      I-27 Use Details to Bring the Setting Alive
      I-28 Work with an External Conflict
      I-29 Work with an Internal Conflict
      I-30 Write in the First Person
      I-31 Write in Second Person
      I-32 Write in Third Person

      D-1 Anticipate What the Audience Expects
      D-2 Include a Beginning, a Middle, and an End
      D-3 Organize Your Writing
      D-4 Use a Recurring Detail
      D-5 Use a Transition Between Ideas
      D-6 Use Subtitles to Organize Your Writing
      D-7 Use the 2-3-1 Format for Organization
      D-8 Use White Space in a Poem
      D-9 Capture the Power of One
      D-10 Find the Right Distance by Pulling in Close
      D-11 Find the Right Distance by Pulling Back
      D-12 Stay on Topic
      D-13 Use a Double Focus in a Narrative
      D-14 Use a Double Focus in a Poem
      D-15 Use a Thematic Focus
      D-16 Use a Time Focus
      D-17 Cut to Your Lead
      D-18 Lead with a Question
      D-19 Lead with the Big Picture
      D-20 Open with a Scene
      D-21 Write a Lively Lead
      D-22 Write a Waterfall Lead
      D-23 Come Up With the Right Ending
      D-24 End with a Question
      D-25 End with Humor
      D-26 End with Your Strongest Line
      D-27 Control How Time Moves
      D-28 Create Suspense in Fiction
      D-29 Develop a Scene
      D-30 Find Your Focus
      D-31 Use Details to Alter the Pace of Time
      D-32 Use a Snapshot Structure
      D-33 Use a Symmetrical Design
      D-34 Use a Triangular Structure
      D-35 Write a Circular Story or Poem

      L-1 Avoid Confusing Pronouns
      L-2 Avoid Redundant Words
      L-3 Delete the Weak Parts
      L-4 Remove Those Annoying Little Qualifiers
      L-5 Choose Words That Sound Like What They Mean
      L-6 Create Line Breaks in a Poem
      L-7 Try Repetition in Narrative Writing
      L-8 Use Alliteration
      L-9 Use Fresh Language
      L-10 Use Repetition in Poetry
      L-11 Combine Short Sentences
      L-12 Move from Simple to Complex Sentences
      L-13 Vary Sentence Beginnings
      L-14 Vary the Length of Sentences
      L-15 Avoid Clichés
      L-16 Avoid Passive Verbs
      L-17 Tighten Dialogue
      L-18 Use a Natural Voice
      L-19 Write Believable Dialogue
      L-20 Use a Thesaurus to Find Just the Right Word
      L-21 Use Choice Adjectives
      L-22 Use Precise Nouns
      L-23 Use Verbs that Describe Action
      L-24 Use Vocabulary Specific to a Subject

      P-1 Use a Colon to Introduce a List or Idea
      P-2 Use a Semicolon to Pull Together Related Sentences
      P-3 Use Commas to Add an Aside
      P-4 Use Commas to List Ideas
      P-5 Use Parentheses to Add Information
      P-6 Use the Dash to Spotlight Part of a Sentence
      P-7 Use the Ellipsis
      P-8 Be Aware of Words You Commonly Misspell
      P-9 Edit for Passive Voice
      P-10 Fix Spelling Errors
      P-11 Personalize the Editing Checklist
      P-12 Reread for Correctness
      P-13 Use an Editing Checklist
      P-14 Break a Text into Paragraphs
      P-15 Stop the Run-on Sentence
      P-16 Use Consistent Tense
      P-17 Use Fragments When You Write a Poem
      P-18 Choose an Appropriate Form
      P-19 Choose What Gets Published
      P-20 Create Illustrations for the Text
      P-21 Reflect on Your Writing

    Back to Top | View Contents by Genre Cycle | View Individual Genre Cycles in Depth
    Copyright© 2019 Heinemann. A division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All Rights Reserved.