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Non-Fiction Writing

streaming video and podcast download availableWebcast: April 18, 2008

We live in the information age. Over 80% of the texts we encounter or create daily are non-fiction. It is essential that students develop the skills with which to make and convey meaning using non-fiction texts of all types.

Learning how to write non-fiction allows students to explore the depth and breadth of the world as it relates to their interests, lives, and the world beyond the classroom. They develop their own voice and learn how to form an opinion based on evidence. Students learn to assume a critical stance when responding to or creating media. They learn how to question the text, the author, themselves and the world. Regardless of the information's format, the viewer needs to think deeply, ask probing questions, and discover such things as the author's intent and the credibility of the information. Looking closely at media techniques, language structures, patterns, and word choice helps students develop into competent communicators.

Current research reveals that teaching students how to write effective non-fiction improves reading comprehension and writing and increases student achievement in all content areas. This webcast will look at the teaching of non-fiction writing in four junior classrooms. You will see how teachers create environments that value talk and interaction, flexible groupings, active engagement, and collaborative learning.

As you watch this webcast, we invite you to think about how you can use the ideas shared to help your students both read and write non-fiction texts more effectively.

The following questions are intended to stimulate professional dialogue about the effective teaching of non-fiction writing:

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Connie Wright – Persuasive Writing (Play All)

Length: 18 minutes
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i. Deconstructing a Newspaper Article

Length: 6 minutes
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ii. A.P.E.+ (Answer, Proof, Extend, Conclusion)

Length: 5 minutes
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iii. Metacognition

Length: 2 minutes
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iv. Assessment and Reflection

Length: 5.5 minutes
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Dr. Douglas Reeves – The Power of Non-Fiction Writing

Length: 5 minutes
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Bridget Scime – Report Writing (Play All)

Length: 22 minutes
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i. Effective Literacy Instruction

Length: 3 minutes
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ii. Deconstruction of a Web Page

Length: 5 minutes
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iii. Language and Word Study

Length: 8 minutes
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iv. Organization, Revision, and Reflection

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Richard Worzel – Learning for Tomorrow's World

Length: 2.5 minutes
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Dan Grant – Media Writing (Play All)

Length: 11 minutes
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i. Becoming Proficient Communicators

Length: 5.5 minutes
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ii. Deconstruction and Construction of a Media Text

Length: 5.5 minutes
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Royan Lee – Advertisement Writing (Play All)

Length: 17 minutes
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i. Deconstructing Media

Length: 4.5 minutes
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ii. The Moodle

Length: 1.5 minutes
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iii. Word Choice and Techniques in Advertising

Length: 9 minutes
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iv. Student Reflections

Length: 1 minute
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Dr. Ruth McQuirter Scott – Word Study

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