Non-fiction Writing

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					                  Presented by
Gabriela Paardenkooper, Windham Middle School
             Jane Cook, EASTCONN
 In column one of the Non-fiction Writing Learning Log
  handout are six key phrases related to today’s topic of
  Non-fiction Writing.
 As you participate in today’s professional development
  session, think about how each of these key phrases is
  related to today’s topic. Also think about how each key
  phrase fits within the context of the work you do with
 Write an explanation of that connection beside the key
  phrase in column two and write the content area
  connections you are making as they occur to you.
 Look around the room.
 How many people raised their hands?
 Why do you think that is?
 Think about the following question for a minute or
  two and jot down your answer/s:
   What is Non-fiction Writing?
 Pair up with a partner and discuss your definition of
 non-fiction writing for 3 minutes. Be sure you each
 have a turn to talk.
 Share one insight from your discussion with another
  partner pair.
“Non-fiction writing is the most widely read genre in
 the world.”
                                   (Kamil & Lane, 1997)

“Elementary school children of both genders (not just
boys) will choose to read nonfiction over stories nearly
half the time, a finding that surprises many teachers.”
                                (Kletzien & Szabo, 1998)
“Studies have shown that academic achievement in a
  range of subjects and fields relies heavily on
  informational reading and writing.”
                                               (Duke, 2004)

“With the exception of attendance, opportunities to
 develop skills and abilities in non-fiction writing is the
 ‘number-one factor’ associated with improved test
                                            (Reeves, 2002)
Characteristics of Non-fiction Writing
 Is an umbrella genre for all types of non-fiction writing
 Is the most common type of writing in the world.
 Is not just the traditional 5 paragraph essay.
 Exposes, sets forth , describes, informs or explains.

                                              Reflect and Write
 Recount Writing
 Report Writing
 Explanatory Writing
 Procedural Writing
 Persuasive Writing
 Purpose: To retell past events; usually told in the
  order (sequence) in which they occurred
 Examples of Recount Writing:
   A School Trip
   A Science Experiment
   A Current Event
 Reflect and Write
 Purpose: To provide factual information about a topic
 Examples of Report Writing:
   An Individual Project (A sport, hobby, or animal)
   A Class Project (The 50 States, Natural Disasters)
 Reflect and Write
 Purpose: To explain how and why something
  happens or works; often combined with report or
  recount writing
 Examples of Explanatory Writing:
   Describe how the cotton gin works.
   Answer the question: What causes rust to
   Explain the key factors that caused WWII.
 Reflect and Write
 Purpose: To instruct others how to carry out a process
  or procedure
 Examples of Procedural Writing:
   How to get to my house
   A favorite recipe
   How to make a model
   Rules for games
   A science experiment
   The steps in solving a Math problem
 Reflect and Write
 Purpose: To persuade others to a particular point of
  view, not necessarily one’s own
 Examples of Persuasive Writing:
   Create advertising posters
   Make up jingles
   Write speeches for a debate
   Write a book or movie review
   Write a “Letter to the Editor”
 Reflect and Write
 What other examples can you think of?
 Write one or more connections in your
 Non-fiction Writing Learning Log.
 Get together with your vertical team members and go to your regular
    vertical team meeting room. Paraprofessionals will meet in the Library
    Media Center with Gabriela and group as appropriate based on their
   Review the handout of resource materials.
   Discuss which forms of Non-fiction Writing fit best into your content
    area and with your students.
   In your vertical team or in a grade level subgroup of your vertical team,
    develop at least one Non-fiction Writing activity for each member of
    your team to incorporate into your curriculum within the next month.
   Hand in or e-mail a draft of all activities developed by your team to Jane
    Cook ( at the end of the PD session today.

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