Nonfiction Matters: Reading, Writing, and Research in Grades 3-8
When we open the gates to nonfiction inquiry, we open our thinking and expect the unexpected, making reading discoveries, research discoveries, and writing discoveries on our way. Nonfiction Matters offers teachers the tools to help students explore nonfiction and dig deep to reach more complete understanding of the real world and report these insights in a compelling manner.
Stephanie Harvey shows how students can read expository text, engage in research, and write authentic nonfiction that is captivating, visual, and full of voice. The inquiry projects she describes require in-depth learning: topic selection, question development, research exploration, reading for content, organization, synthesis, writing to convey meaning, and presenting findings--all skills that develop independent thinkers who know how to make decisions, solve problems, and apply their knowledge insightfully.
Full of practical suggestions to help you bring nonfiction into your curriculum, Nonfiction Matters:
Why is nonfiction almost a guaranteed success? The key to teaching with nonfiction is passion, for children are passionate inquirers, and nonfiction fuels their curiosity and their demand for knowledge and understanding of the world.
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From Passion to Presentation
Part One Conditions for Successful Inquiry
Questions that Compel
Let the Writer Choose
Showing Kids How
Part Two The NittyGritty
Theres No One Way
Part Three Putting It All Together
Getting It Down on Paper
The Wide Range of Possibilities
Managing Nonfiction Inquiry Projects
Presentations and Assessment
Learning and Understanding
Observation and Secondary Research
Going Directly to the Source