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ERIC Number: EJ1105408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Crafting Creative Nonfiction: From Close Reading to Close Writing
Dollins, Cynthia A.
Reading Teacher, v70 n1 p49-58 Jul-Aug 2016
A process writing project in a third-grade classroom explored the idea of using nonfiction mentor texts to assist students in writing their own creative informational texts about animals. By looking at author craft and structure during close reading activities with nonfiction Twin Texts, students were taught how to emulate these techniques in their own writing. A process for implementation of the project is presented here. The project included mini-lessons on various aspects of writing improvement such as crafting strong leads, using specific revision strategies, and exploring narrative elements in some informational texts. The results suggest that students were able to replicate writing style strategies found in mentor texts. Final writing drafts displayed how students included important facts in their informational writing and presented these facts in an engaging and powerful way.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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