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Nonfiction Chapter 10. Books of information and fact about any topic Emphasis is on facts and concepts Truthful, verifiable, understandable Wide range of appeal to young readers. Defining Nonfiction. Accuracy Facts current and complete Balance between fact and theory if appropriate

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defining nonfiction

Books of information and fact about any topic

  • Emphasis is on facts and concepts
  • Truthful, verifiable, understandable
  • Wide range of appeal to young readers
Defining Nonfiction
considering quality in nonfiction

Accuracy

    • Facts current and complete
    • Balance between fact and theory if appropriate
    • Varying points of view if appropriate
    • No stereotypes
    • Scope appropriate to audience
    • Documentation of expertise/research
Considering Quality in Nonfiction
considering quality

Organization

    • Clear, recognizable organization appropriate for intended audience
    • Illuminates concepts and builds understanding
    • Ideas follow logical pattern, tie to central idea or theme
    • Appropriate aids such as TOC, index, bibliography, glossary
Considering Quality
considering quality1

Design

    • Attractive, reader-friendly format
    • Appropriate, well-placed illustrations that illuminate facts and concepts
  • Style
    • Interesting writing, revealing enthusiasm as well as knowledge
    • Rich language with appropriate terminology
Considering Quality
finding quality nonfiction

Professional disciplinary journals

  • Children’s Book Council
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award lists
  • ALA Sibert Award lists
  • NCTE Orbis Pictus Award lists
Finding Quality Nonfiction
why nonfiction

Many young readers prefer nonfiction

  • Nonfiction offers information about the real world, feeding and fueling curiosity
  • Curiosity increases knowledge and schema for understanding new ideas and information
Why Nonfiction?
why nonfiction1

Nonfiction trade books offer

    • Breadth of information
    • Depth of information
    • Variation in topic
    • Variation in reading level
    • Excellent examples of nonfiction writing
    • Opportunities to learn to read to learn
    • Opportunities to learn to read critically
Why Nonfiction?