Experience Nonfiction Writing. Cindy Matthews. Why focus on non-fiction writing?. â€˜With the exception of attendance, opportunities to develop skills and abilities in non-fiction writing is the â€œnumber one factorâ€ associated with improved test scores.â€™
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‘With the exception of attendance,
opportunities to develop skills and
abilities in non-fiction writing is the
“number one factor” associated with
improved test scores.’
(Reeves, 2002 in LNS monograph, March 2008)
Reeves, p. 84
revising (adding, changing, deleting)
In small groups, use the “blocks” to cue your thinking, and generate a list of forms of nonfiction writing.
clear purpose, and there are many
purposes for writing.
Non-fiction writing delivers its purpose
through many text forms.
Explain the experiment for
others to follow the instructions.
other students of your grade,
Argue the benefits of
particularly those who
Tell about our school’s
experience watching the
What activities in the library could provide opportunities for students to apply their non-fiction writing skills?
Write a word
in the centre.
(&cross it out!)
(to remember it!)
Humans are the most important species on earth.
Our rights are the most important.
portion of Algonquin Park to a lumber
company. The lumber company is planning to
clear cut the area. David Suzuki has hired
your environmental firm to produce a
presentation arguing against their plan.
(Gr. 4 Habitats / Gr. 7 Ecosystems)
1. Who created this message?
2. What techniques are used to attract my attention?
3. How might different people understand this message differently from me?
4. What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in or omitted from this message?
5. Why was this message sent? (Source: Center for Media Literacy (CML))
Small motor skills
Hand eye coordination
How to Learn
The Complexity of Research
thesis /opening position
facts / logic