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This book has exceptional potential for classroom teachers! The framework and theory provided are written clearly. The examples are helpful. I love the lesson plans! There are multiple uses for classroom teachers and content area teachers in science and social studies. I would encourage all of my schools to study, implement, and reflect on the lessons and activities outlined in this book! --Jennifer Seydel, Ph.D., School Designer, Midwest Region, Expeditionary Learning Schools, Madison, WI

Rapparlie s approach highlights the experiential nature of learning to write and gives teachers ideas they can use in their own classrooms for engaging students with the writing process. The experiential paradigm that informs all of her activities becomes a powerful model for designing original classroom activities that fit your topic. In this way Rapparlie not only gives you some nice lures to help hook your students on the writing process, she also teaches you to fish so you can design a curriculum specifically angled to the stream of knowledge that flows through your class. --Michael Goeller, Associate Director, Rutgers University-New Brunswick Writing Program

Here is a demonstration of writing s natural connection to experiential learning. The ready-to-go activities and lessons are thoughtful, creative and time-savers for educators. The activities and rationale support writing across the curriculum and character/values education, which is a focus of many educators in the 21st century. The activities are clearly explained, well organized, and include useful debriefing suggestions ideal for novice to more advanced practitioners. --Jen Lara, Professor of Education and Blogger

Rapparlie s approach highlights the experiential nature of learning to write and gives teachers ideas they can use in their own classrooms for engaging students with the writing process. The experiential paradigm that informs all of her activities becomes a powerful model for designing original classroom activities that fit your topic. In this way Rapparlie not only gives you some nice lures to help hook your students on the writing process, she also teaches you to fish so you can design a curriculum specifically angled to the stream of knowledge that flows through your class. --Michael Goeller, Associate Director, Rutgers University-New Brunswick Writing Program

Here is a demonstration of writing s natural connection to experiential learning. The ready-to-go activities and lessons are thoughtful, creative and time-savers for educators. The activities and rationale support writing across the curriculum and character/values education, which is a focus of many educators in the 21st century. The activities are clearly explained, well organized, and include useful debriefing suggestions ideal for novice to more advanced practitioners. --Jen Lara, Professor of Education and Blogger

About the Author

Leslie Rapparlie has been a part of the education and writing fields since 2001. She began as an adventure trip guide, then directed a collegiate outdoor education program. In 2007, she started instructing creative writing and composition at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College, a Master of Science in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Rutgers University-Camden.

Her short stories have appeared in South Philly Fiction and The Broken Plate and she contributed an article to Teaching Adventure Education: Best Practices. Leslie has also co-authored four other texts from the Creative Company on adventure sports.

Born in Ohio, she has called many places home, including Colorado, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Virginia and New Zealand. In her spare time she practices and teaches yoga, spends time outside, skis, rock climbs and travels. She currently teaches at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

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Leslie is the author of Writing and Experiential Education: Practical Activities and Lesson Plans to Enrich Learning. Her short stories have appeared in The Evening Street Review, The Broken Plate, Picayune, South Philly Fiction and Flash Fiction Funny. She contributed an article to Teaching Adventure Education: Best Practices and co-authored four texts on adventure sports.

Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts in the Techniques & Application of Writing and Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College, Master of Science in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University-Mankato and Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Rutgers University-Camden. She has taught at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and The College of New Jersey. She currently teaches creative writing and composition at Montclair State University.

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