Monday, October 5, 2020

Resources for Educators: Sharing Expository Nonfiction

More and more, teachers are requesting educational resources that go beyond traditional teachers guides and activity sheets. So while I do still have those kinds of materials on my website, I’m also offering resources that delve deeply into the nonfiction reading and writing process from an author’s point of view. 

Some of these resources focus on books I’ve written and describe various stages of my creative process in detail, while others provide more general information  and highlight books written by a wide variety of nonfiction authors.  

On Mondays this year, I’m going to be sharing some of these resources and providing ideas for how they might be used in the classroom. Today, I’m going to focus on Sharing Expository Nonfiction with students.

If you click on this link, you’ll find an explanation of the two writing styles—narrative and expository. Currently, narrative nonfiction gets most of the attention and praise from educators, but studies show that many students prefer expository text or enjoy both writing styles equally. 

To help educators turn more student into passionate readers, this page features resources that (1) explain why it’s important to share expository text and (2) provide easy ways to integrate expository nonfiction into existing curricula. It also includes a list of high-quality expository titles that should be in every classroom and library collection.

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