Thursday, April 26, 2018

Urquhart School PD Handout

The Nonfiction Triumvirate: Category, Style, & Structure 

Nonfiction Categories
Traditional Nonfiction
About Fish: A Guide for Children by Catherine Sill and John Sill
Transportation! by Gail Gibbons
Water by Seymour Simon

Browse-able Nonfiction
1,000 Facts About the White House by Sarah Wassner Flynn
Eyewitness Books: Soccer by Dorling Kindersley
Guinness Book of World Records by Guinness World Records

Narrative Nonfiction
Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton and Victo Ngai
The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman


Expository Literature
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman and Isabel Greenberg 
Look at Me! How to Attract Attention in the Animal World by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
A Beetle Is Shy by Dianna Aston Hutts and Sylvia Long  


Active Nonfiction

Minecraft: Guide to Exploration by Mojang Ab and the Official Minecraft Team

Stitch Camp: 18 Crafty Projects for Kids & Tweens by Nicole Blum and Catherine Newman

Try This Extreme: 50 Fun & Safe Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You by  Karen Romano Young

 

Nonfiction Subcategories
Life Story
The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming
Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatium
The Right Word by Jen Bryant
 
Survey Book
Eyewitness Books
The Horrible, Miserable Middle Ages by Kathy Allen
Lightning by Seymour Simon
National Geographic Readers
Spiders by Nic Bishop
 
Specialized Nonfiction
Chasing Cheetahs by Sy Montgomery
Handle with Care by Loree Griffin Burns
Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart
Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story by Tom Yezerski 
Sniffer Dogs by Nancy Castaldo
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
 
Concept Book
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
Can an Aardvark Bark? by Melissa Stewart
Just a Second by Steve Jenkins
Lifetime by Lola Schaefer
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell
No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart
Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
A Star in My Orange by Dana Meachen Rau
Trout Are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre
 
 
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Writing Styles
Expository
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World by Lita Judge
Bugged: How Insects Changed History by Sarah Albee
Eyewitness Books
Eye to Eye by Steve Jenkins
Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart
Guinness Book of World Records
Time for Kids Big Book of Why
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies


Narrative
Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
Buried Alive by Elaine Scott
The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton
The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming
Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley
Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre
When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan

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Common Text Structures

Description  
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
Creep and Flutter by Jim Arnosky
Frogs by Nic Bishop
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies

Sequence
Chronological narrative
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
Buried Alive by Elaine Scott
Noah Webster & His Words by Jeri Chase Ferris
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola
Pop: The Invention of Bubble Gum by Megan McCarthy
What to Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley

Journey narrative
If Stones Could Speak by Marc Aronson
Lost Treasure of the Inca by Peter Lourie
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery
Saving the Ghost of the Mountain by Sy Montgomery

Episodic narrative
Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
Brave Girl by Michelle Markel
When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan

Braided narrative
Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
We’ve Got a Job by Cynthia Levinson

Cycle narrative
A Drop of Water by Gordon Morrison
Frog in a Bog by John Himmelman
Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley
Beneath the Sun by Melissa Stewart
Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre

Chronological expository
Bugged: How Insects Changed History by Sarah Albee
Dog Days of History by Sarah Albee
Poop Happened!: A History of the World from the Bottom Up by Sarah Albee

How-to expository
Dessert Designers: Creations You Can Make and Eat by Dana Meachen Rau
How to Swallow a Pig by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes by Doug Stillinger
Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes by Josie Fison and Felicity Dahl
Try This! 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You by Karen Romano Young

Compare & Contrast
Dueling spreads
Frog or Toad? How Do You Know? by Melissa Stewart

Mosquito Bite by Alexandra Siy

Neo Leo by Gene Barretta
Those Rebels, Tom & John by Barbara Kerley
List book

Born in the Wild by Lita Judge
Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World by Lita Judge
Eye to Eye
by Steve Jenkins

Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart
Move by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

My First Day by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Just One Bite by Lola Schaefer

Cause & Effect
Earth: Feeling the Heat by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Frog in a Bog by John Himmelman

A Place for Butterflies by Melissa Stewart
When Rain Falls by Melissa Stewart


Problem—Solution
The Great Monkey Rescue by Sandra Markle
A Place for Butterflies by Melissa Stewart
Mesmerized  by Mara Rockliff
Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean

Q & A Books
Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sarah Levine Good Question series (Sterling)
Creature Features by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Hatch! by Roxie Munro
Hello, Bumblebee Bat by Darrin Lunde
Scholastic Question & Answer series
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

 
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Mixing & Matching
If you’re writing a Life Story . . .
  • Probably sequence (chronological) structure
  • Narrative writing style
If you’re writing a Survey Book . . .
  • Description/explanation, sequence, Q & A
  • Expository writing style
If you’re writing Specialized Nonfiction . . .
  • Probably sequence, compare & contrast
  • Narrative or expository writing style
If you’re writing a Concept Book . . .
  • Sequence, compare & contrast, Q & A, cause & effect, problem—solution, or invent your own
  • Probably expository writing style

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