Category Archive: non-narrative writing

The Joys of Sharing Expository Nonfiction Mentor Texts with Students + a Giveaway

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Consider sharing these six books with your fact-loving students.
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win all six books for your classroom library.

New Mentor Texts for Information Writing

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The books featured in this post, all of which were published in 2015, represent a variety of information writing. All of these are texts that can pull double- and even triple-duty in your classroom, thereby allowing you to use a text during read-aloud time so you can revisit it during a writing workshop minlesson and/or in a content area.

Crafting Nonfiction: Conducting Research and Organizing Information

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Melissa Stewart, award-winning author of more than 150 nonfiction books for children, steps into our Author’s Spotlight today. In her post, she shares about the chunk and check process, which will help your students conduct research.

Giving Students Choice in Note Taking

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Tomorrow marks the last of our research days in writing workshop.  When we return to school next week, my sixth graders will begin the process of sifting through their research and drafting their… Continue reading

Inspiring Independent Writing Project Mentor Text (Part 3 of 5)

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If you’re planning to launch independent writing projects in your class during the final weeks of school, then you’ll most likely have several students who might want to write a book about a… Continue reading

Informational Writing that Dazzles + a Giveaway

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A couple months back I promised to be more intentional about finding nonfiction picture books to recommend as mentor texts for writing workshop.  I’ve been looking at a lot of informational texts in… Continue reading

Approaching Common Core + PARCC

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Yesterday I heard James Kofi Annan tell his story of child slave to business man to freedom fighter for the children in Ghana. Check out this CNN video for a taste of what… Continue reading

Martha Horn!

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Martha Horn is coming to NE Indiana on October 14, hosted by the All-Write Consortium. I’m super excited to hear her thoughts about teaching our youngest writers. If you are interested in attending,… Continue reading

A Tough Conference

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Today I conferred with a fourth grade girl who was doing her best to write a feature article. I watched her for a few minutes before I conferred with her and noticed she… Continue reading

Nonfiction Writing Celebration

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I’ve just gotta tell you, I attended an incredible writing celebration today. Not only was the celebration itself cool, but the way it evolved rocked too. It was a true collaboration. It is… Continue reading

Journey Around a Topic

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Earlier this month, The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice, which is written by Wendy Pfeffer and illustrated by Linda Bleck, was released by Dutton Children’s Books.  The Longest Day is non-fiction, but… Continue reading

The Truth Matters!

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My students published their research-based essays on the Holocaust this morning, which was not a small feat! I was so incredibly proud of their diligence and desire to produce a quality piece of… Continue reading

Rubric Creation for “This I Believe” Essays

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I was at the computer this morning when my students created a pretty basic rubric for their final unit of study’s essays. The following is what they created. They’ll use it to self-assess… Continue reading

Submission

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After three – four weeks of crafting, drafting, revising, and editing my “This I Believe” Essay, I finally submitted it for publication tonight!  🙂 It felt great to finally submit the essay, which… Continue reading

Timelining Helps Kids Write Factual and Moving Concluding Paragraphs

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I attended Beth Moore‘s Session on Social Studies in the Writing Classroom at the March 2009 Saturday Reunion. It was an exceedingly useful session with tips I’ve been using in the past month… Continue reading

Feedback

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My students and I agreed to a form that I would use to provide them with feedback on the drafts of their research-based essays.  We decided that it was a comprehensive way for… Continue reading

Two Things That Feel Good to Hear…

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(1)  Yesterday afternoon one of my students lingered a little bit after dismissal.  She said, “You know, I thought this research essay would be mad hard.” “What do you mean?” I asked. “I… Continue reading

Here’s what’s happening in my room this week.

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This-Coming Week’s Teaching Points Turned Into “I Can” Statements Originally uploaded by teachergal By the end of the week, these are the things my students will know they CAN do to help them… Continue reading

Thesis Statements

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3 out of 18 Folders + Typed-Up Thesis Statements for the Entire Class Originally uploaded by teachergal Each of my students spent an extended time on the rug yesterday, crafting a thesis statement… Continue reading

Values & Thesis Statements

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Bubbl.us: Values and the Holocaust Originally uploaded by teachergal My students will be crafting their thesis statements for their essays today. As a pre-cursor to thesis creation, I had them complete a “Values… Continue reading