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
Let’s start with a quick activity.
- Make a list of five nonfiction children’s books you love.
- Place an N next to the books with a narrative writing style. These books tell a true story.
- Place an E next to the books with an expository writing style. These titles inform, describe, or explain.
- 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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