August 28th, 2013
Many teachers use writers’ notebooks as an integral part of narrative and poetry writing instruction, but less so for nonfiction genres. Over many years in her classroom, Aimee Buckner, author of Notebook Know-How and Notebook Connections, has refined and expanded her use of notebooks to all writing genres. In her new book, Nonfiction Notebooks, Aimee shares a host of strategies for using notebooks to help students improve their nonfiction writing.
Concise and accessible, Nonfiction Notebooks will help you and your students:
• record craft and structure ideas while reading mentor texts;
• develop seed ideas, purpose, and vision by trying out different angles, tones, and formats before writing a first draft;
• write better first drafts so that revision can focus on such things as craft, leads, and sentence combining rather than extensive rewriting;
• create a place and habit of mind to write often and explore a topic, no matter what the genre, and become more independent writers.
The heart of the book presents 23 classroom-tested strategies for exploring topics, gathering information, predrafting, and crafting nonfiction writing pieces. Aimee provides snapshots of instruction, student and teacher dialogue, and dozens of student samples, giving readers a clear picture of how the strategies take shape in a real classroom. A final chapter on assessment includes a sample grading rubric, FAQs, two in-depth examples, and suggestions for formative assessment.
The entire book is available for preview on the Stenhouse website!
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