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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
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Stenhouse Publishers
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Kris Marley Patrick
I am not lending this book to anyone. Unless that person's name is Emily C.
Jun 30, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it
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
Amber Gregg
Feb 01, 2016 Amber Gregg rated it it was amazing
"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
Jul 19, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
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
Nov 17, 2011 Kari rated it really liked it
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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.
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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...
Jul 19, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
A great mini-lesson book that you can keep on your shelf and reference quickly!
Apr 05, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Practical and well organized! I'm looking forward to using this as a resource in my classroom.
Feb 14, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing
Love this book with activities to teach informational writing.

My favorite-teaching with anecdotes.
Koko Nata
Sep 06, 2011 Koko Nata rated it really liked it
if you want teach nonfiction writing, you must read this book first
Aug 05, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 28, 2014 Gina rated it liked it
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.
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