ERIC Number: ED470653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Reading and Writing Nonfiction Genres.
Buss, Kathleen; Karnowski, Lee
Educators agree that to lead elementary students to competence in literacy, teachers need to expose them to a wide range of literary and nonfiction genres, although often elementary teachers do not feel comfortable teaching nonfiction texts. To bring the instruction of nonfiction texts to a level that teachers can successfully take into the classroom, this book will be a practical, concise resource. The book's authors contend that when students in Grades 2-6 learn how to read and write nonfiction texts with an emphasis on purpose, they will gain a better idea of text types and will read and write them more effectively. The book shows how to explore with students what nonfiction writing looks like and the purposes, structures, and literary elements that are inherent in each genre. It suggests using teacher modeling to guide students through these structures and elements. In the book, four main genres of nonfiction--recount, procedural, informational, and persuasive--are divided into six chapters, all of which include minilessons and student writing samples specific to each subgenre: Teaching Recounts; Teaching Procedural Texts; Teaching Sequential Texts; Teaching Informational Texts; Teaching Journalistic Texts; and Teaching Persuasive Texts. An appendix contains reproducible graphic organizers for students to use when reading and writing each subgenre presented in the book. Also included are a comprehensive children's literature bibliography and an annotated list of Web sites for classroom use. (Contains 25 references and 20 figures.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, Graphic Organizers, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Activities, Nonfiction, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction
Order Department, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139 ($20.95). Web site: http://www.reading.org.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.