Nonfiction Craft Lessons: Teaching Information Writing K-8
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Nonfiction Craft Lessons: Teaching Information Writing K-8

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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 int...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Stenhouse Publishers
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Rebecca
A good book for general informational/academic writing. The authors do a nice job breaking down various workshop ideas for students of all ages. The resources in the appendix are nice for teachers who are just getting started.

The organization of the book is smart and lends itself as a resource book that can be used during lesson planning and reflection. The "how to" examples and sample work are also nice scaffolds.

Not a lot of original ideas or approaches for instructors of writing who have be...more
Christine
If you teach nonfiction, informational writing this is a great resource. It's written for the elementary/middle grades but the material and lessons are universal. In the first part of the book, the authors set up the nonfiction writing process. Lots of useful step by step instructions with great descriptions and suggestions for teachers. Even if you consider yourself sufficiently schooled in the art of teaching nonfiction writing, this book is a solid reminder of the process and how it should be...more
Gina
Although I'm a big fan of Ralph Fletcher, so much has changed now with core currriculum standards that I find this difficult to incorporate into what is now expected in the ELA classroom.
Kari
Nov 23, 2011 Kari rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book is chock full of great ideas. Not only does it explain the importance of teaching non-fiction writing and reading it offers sample lessons for teaching it. The lessons are grouped by grade, K-2, 3-4, etc. It therefore, makes it very simple to read what you need, and skip what you don't. The author also nicely ties into writers workshop.
I would recommend this to any teacher looking for ideas on how to teach non-fiction writing in meaningful ways.
The Reading Countess
Step by step mini lessons complete with text samples (conveniently printed for teacher use in the back of the book), lists of titles and sectioned off for grades K-2, 3-4 and 5-8. This is a wonderful resource for teachers wishing to push their students further in informational writing. With Texas' new TEKS, this book will be cracked open often...
Karen
Great help for getting your students to become non fiction writers. It gave me lots of ideas, I was able to springboard into other areas.
Richard
Love this book with activities to teach informational writing.

My favorite-teaching with anecdotes.
Erin
Practical and well organized! I'm looking forward to using this as a resource in my classroom.
Alicia
This little book gets straight to the point with some very good lesson ideas.
Jessica
A great mini-lesson book that you can keep on your shelf and reference quickly!
Koko Nata
if you want teach nonfiction writing, you must read this book first
Marianne
Great craft lessons!
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