Making Nonfiction from Scratch

Do you have students whose nonfiction writing is formulaic, devoid of energy and voice? In Making Nonfiction from Scratch bestselling PD and children’s book author Ralph Fletcher offers a candid critique of how nonfiction writing is often taught in schools and gives teachers the inspiration and strategies they need to help their students write authentic nonfiction.

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Do you have students whose nonfiction writing is formulaic, devoid of energy and voice? In Making Nonfiction from Scratch bestselling PD and children’s book author Ralph Fletcher offers a candid critique of how nonfiction writing is often taught in schools and gives teachers the inspiration and strategies they need to help their students write authentic nonfiction.

Skilled nonfiction writers draw on strategies, techniques, and craft found in other genres: poetry, comedy, even ...read more

About the Author(s)

Ralph Fletcher is a friend of writing teachers everywhere. Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, he received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his master's degree from Columbia University.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Cooking from Scratch
  • Part 1: Setting the Table: Tools of the Nonfiction Trade
  • Chapter 1: Stone Soup: A Parable
  • Chapter 2: Lessons from Working as  Freelance Writer
  • Chapter 3: Louise Borden: Tools of the Nonfiction Trade
  • Chapter 4: Helpful Attitudes for Making Nonfiction
  • Part 2: Making Nonfiction in the Classroom
  • Chapter 5: Choosing Choice
  • Chapter 6: Where Have All the Nonfiction Read-Alouds Gone?
  • Chapter 7: An Exploratory Notebook
  • Chapter 8: Building Deep Knowledge
  • Chapter 9: Plunging into a Nonfiction Text Study
  • Chapter 10: The Power of Primary Sources
  • Chapter 11: Case History No. 1: The ABC's of Bubble Gum
  • Chapter 12: Case History No. 2: Kindergarten Ethnographies
  • Chapter 13: Deglazing the Pan: Dos, Don'ts, and Practical Tips for Teaching Nonfiction
  • References
  • Index

Product Details

Grade Range: K-8
Media: 144 pp/paper
Year: 2015
Item No: 1012Item No: 1084Item No: 1B01
ISBN: 978-162531-012-5ISBN: 978-162531-084-2ISBN: 978-162531B-012-5
Hashtag: #makingnonfiction

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