A Look at Expository Literature by Melissa Stewart

Kudos to the author, Melissa Stewart! This looks like so entertaining and a wonderful idea of how to keep my middle school students engaged especially after they return from Spring Break! #DifferentiatedInstruction #KeepTheRigorOrGoInsane

Nerdy Book Club

Let’s start with a quick activity.

  1. Make a list of five nonfiction children’s books you love.
  2. Place an N next to the books with a narrative writing style. These books tell a true story.
  3. Place an E next to the books with an expository writing style. These titles inform, describe, or explain.
  4. Look at your list. Do you seem to prefer one writing style over the other? If so, why do you think you have that preference? Do a quick write to explain your rationale.

If you’re like most members of the children’s literature community, you’re naturally drawn to stories and storytelling. You enjoy reading a wide range of fiction as well as narrative nonfiction, such as the many excellent picture book biographies being published today.

But consider this: Many children see things differently. They connect more strongly with expository texts, and they’re most likely to develop a love of…

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