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 mystery. Without those elements, nonfiction would be dry and dull. Making Nonfiction from Scratch helps bring all of those aspects together and shows how each genre can enrich nonfiction writing.

Ralph emphasizes the power of choice, mentor texts, and nonfiction read-alouds in making nonfiction an everyday part of classrooms. “Classroom Connection” sections throughout the book suggest immediate, practical strategies for putting the ideas in the book to use. Two case studies and a chapter on the dos and don’ts of nonfiction writing instruction round out this short, practical book.

Any informational writing should be insightful, accurate, and well organized—but it doesn’t have to be boring. Ralph invites you to make your classroom a place where students can create delicious nonfiction full of passion, voice, and insight.

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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: 1012
ISBN: 978-1-62531-012-5
Hashtag: #makingnonfiction

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