5 Kinds of Nonfiction

Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children's Books

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For decades, we’ve classified fiction as a way to study, understand, and, ultimately, teach it better. However, up to now, nonfiction hasn’t received this same level of intention. In 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children’s Books, Melissa Stewart and Marlene Correia present a new way to sort nonfiction into five major categories and show how doing so can help teachers and librarians build stronger readers and writers.

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Description

Once upon a time, nonfiction books for children routinely included concise, stodgy writing. Most of the books were text heavy, with just a few scattered images decorating, rather than enhancing, the content and meaning. But nonfiction has changed dramatically over the last two decades, evolving into a new breed of visually dynamic, engaging texts that delight as well as inform. The timing of these groundbreaking changes couldn’t be better, as English Language Arts standards now put an increased focus on nonfiction reading and writing. 

For decades, we’ve classified fiction as a way to study, understand, and, ultimately, teach it better. However, up to now, nonfiction hasn’t received this same level of intention. In 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children’s Books, Melissa Stewart and Marlene Correia present a new way to sort nonfiction into five major categories and show how doing so can help teachers and librarians build stronger readers and writers. Along the way, they
 

  • introduce the 5 kinds of nonfiction—active, browseable, traditional, expository literature, and narrative—and explore each category through discussions, classroom examples, and insights from leading children’s book authors; 
  • offer tips for building strong, diverse classroom and library collections;
  • provide more than 20 activities to enhance literacy instruction; and
  • include innovative strategies for sharing and celebrating nonfiction with students. 

With more than 150 exemplary nonfiction book recommendations and Stewart and Correia’s extensive knowledge of literacy instruction, 5 Kinds of Nonfiction will elevate your understanding of nonfiction in ways that speak specifically to the info-kids in your classrooms, but will inspire all readers and writers.

 

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About the Author(s)

Melissa Stewart has written more than 180 science books for children. She co-wrote Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science and edited the anthology Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep: 50 Award-winning Authors Share the Secret of Engaging Writing. Her highly-regarded website features a rich array of nonfiction writing resources.

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Dr. Marlene Correia is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Bridgewater State University. Marlene has 30 years of education experience as a K–8 classroom teacher, district administrator, and teacher educator. She is a Past-president and current Executive Board member of the Massachusetts Reading Association.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes from the Authors

Chapter 1: Understanding Nonfiction: An Overview 

How Nonfiction Got Its Name
What Exactly Is Informational Text?
Two Nonfiction Writing Styles

Chapter 2: Introducing the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction 

A New Nonfiction Classification System
Traditional Nonfiction
Browseable Nonfiction
Narrative Nonfiction
Expository Literature
Active Nonfiction
Looking Ahead

Chapter 3: Why Students Need Access to a Diverse Array of Nonfiction 

What Kinds of Books Do You Prefer? 
What Kinds of Books Do Most Educators Prefer?
What Kind of Books Do Children Prefer?
What Kind of Books Do Your Students Prefer?
Expository Nonfiction in the Classroom 
Rethinking Your Book Collection

Chapter 4: How Understanding the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction Helps Readers and Writers

Teaching the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction to Students
Applying the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction
A Deeper Dive into Nonfiction Craft 

Chapter 5: Using the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction to Explore Text Patterns

Patterns in Fiction and Nonfiction 
The Power of Patterns: Text Features
The Power of Patterns: Text Format
The Power of Patterns: Interruption Construction
The Power of Patterns: Text Scaffolding

Chapter 6:  Using the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction to Explore Text Structures

Text Structures in Reading
Text Structures in Writing

Chapter 7: Using the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction to Explore Voice, Language, and Point of View

Commercial Nonfiction vs. Literary Nonfiction
The Voice Choice
Language Matters
What’s Your Point of View?

Chapter 8: Sharing the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction with Students

Introducing Nonfiction Books
Celebrating Nonfiction Books
Evaluating Nonfiction Books

Chapter 9: What’s the End Game?

What Is Blended Nonfiction?
What Is Gateway Nonfiction?
The Critical Role of Blended Nonfiction in Literacy Development

Appendix A: Obtaining the Children’s Books in This Guide

Appendix B: Resources for Finding High-Quality Nonfiction

Appendix C: Activity Planner

Appendix D: Reproducibles for Activities

Appendix E: Nonfiction Picture Books That Are Perfect for Reading Aloud

Bibliography of Children’s Books 
Professional References
Book Cover Permissions
Index 

Resources

Product Details

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Available: 07/30/2021
Item No: 1417
ISBN: 978-1-62531-417-8
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

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