Nonfiction Craft Lessons: Teaching Writing K-8 / Edition 1

Nonfiction Craft Lessons: Teaching Writing K-8 / Edition 1

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by JoAnn Portalupi, Ralph Fletcher, Ralph J. Fletcher, Ralph J. Fletcher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1571103295

ISBN-13: 9781571103291

Pub. Date: 04/01/2001

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

Writing nonfiction represents a big step for most students. Most young writers are not intimidated by personal narrative, fiction, or even poetry, but when they try to put together a "teaching book," report, or persuasive essay, they often feel anxious and frustrated.

JoAnn Portalupi and Ralph Fletcher believe that young nonfiction writers supply plenty of

Overview

Writing nonfiction represents a big step for most students. Most young writers are not intimidated by personal narrative, fiction, or even poetry, but when they try to put together a "teaching book," report, or persuasive essay, they often feel anxious and frustrated.

JoAnn Portalupi and Ralph Fletcher believe that young nonfiction writers supply plenty of passion, keen interest, and wonder. Teachers can provide concrete strategies to help students scaffold their ideas as they write in his challenging genre.

Like the authors' best-selling Craft Lessons: Teaching Writing K-8, this book is divided into sections for K-2, 3-4, and middle school (grades 5-8) students. These divisions reflect various differences between emerging, competent, and fluent writers. In each section you'll find a generous collection of craft lessons directed at the genre that's most appropriate for that particular age. In the K-2 section, for example, a number of craft lessons focus on the all-about or concept book. In the 3-4 section there are several lessons on biography. In the 5-8 section a series of lessons addresses expository writing. Throughout the book each of the 80 lessons is presented on a single page in an easy-to-read format.

Every lesson features three teaching guidelines:

  • Discussion--A brief look at the reasons for teaching the particular element of craft specifically in a nonfiction context.
  • How to Teach It--Concrete language showing exactly how a teacher might bring this craft element to students in writing conferences or a small-group setting.
  • Resource Material--Specific book or text referred to in the craft lesson including trade books, or a piece of student writing in the Appendixes.

This book will help students breathe voice into lifeless "dump-truck" writing and improve their nonfiction writing by making it clearer, more authoritative, and more organized. Nonfiction Craft Lessons gives teachers a wealth of practical strategies to help students grow into strong writers as they explore and explain the world around them.

Be sure to look at the When Students Write videotapes too.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571103291
Publisher:
Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
93,226
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 13 Years

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Nonfiction Craft Lessons 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
"The best nonfiction writing begins with a writer's passionate curiosity about a subject." Genre: Education and Teaching. Number of Pages: 148. This book is meant to teach information writing in elementary and middle school, but I think that it can also be useful for high school and college English courses. I think that the instructor would just have to take some of the ideas and alter it to fit the age of the student. However, there are many older students that still struggle with the foundations of writing nonfiction, so these lessons are very helpful. They do not feel intimidating. This book is amazing for detailed writing lessons. They break it down by each specific writing skill, and include a discussion of the lesson, how to teach it, and a list of resources to use in the lesson. It contains ways to set up your classroom’s framework to be prepared for nonfiction writing to be seen positively. Then it splits into sections of lessons (K-2, 3-4, and 5-8). But, like I said before, a lot of these lessons can still be made applicable to older learners who struggle with the basics. The best part of this book is that it offers many examples of texts to use with lessons. I think that can be the hardest part about making lessons since it can be very time-consuming to search for a book that matches the lesson. I think it is helpful to give this book a full read through, and then bookmark each lesson that can be used for your particular course. Then you can go back to specific sections as you need it. In the appendix, there are coordinating organizers, booklets, and short texts for some of the lessons. To read the rest of my review, go here: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2016/02/nonfiction-craft-lessons-joann.html
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