Friday, November 16, 2018

NCTE Handout: Giving Fact-loving Kids a Voice: Using Expository Nonfiction as Mentor Texts

Description: You may not love expository nonfiction, but many of your students do. It motivates fact-loving kids to read and write, and it can help ALL students develop informational writing skills. In this session, five highly-regarded educators share creative ideas for using finely-crafted expository nonfiction children’s books in writer’s workshop.

Here is a list of the books we discussed:
Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle by Cheryl Bardoe (Charlesbridge, 2015)

Born in the Wild: Baby Animals and their Parents by Lita Judge (Roaring Brook, 2014)

Can an Aardvark Bark? By Melissa Stewart and Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane, 2017)

Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart and Sarah S. Brannen (Charlesbridge, 2014)

Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery by Lois Miner Huey (Millbrook Press, 2015)

Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson and Gennady Spirin (Holt, 2013)

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman and Isabel Greenberg (Greenwillow Books, 2017)

If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams (2018)

Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown (David Fickling Books, 2016)

Look at Me! How to Attract Attention in the Animal World by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page (HMH Books, 2018)

Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story by Thomas F. Yezerski (FSG, 2011)

The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea by Brenda Z. Guiberson and Gennady Spirin (Holt, 2015)

Otters Love to Play by Jonathan London and Meilo So (Candlewick, 2016)

Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith and Wendy Anderson Halperin (Peachtree, 2012)

Red Alert! Endangered Animals Around the World by Catherine Barr and Anne Wilson (Charlesbridge, 2018)

Rodent Rascals by Roxie Munro (Holiday House, 2018)

Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre and Steve Jenkins (Holt, 2016)

Trout Are Made of Trees by April Pulley Sayre and Late Endle (Charlesbridge, 2008)

Water Land by Christy Hale (Roaring Brook, 2018)

Wonderful Winter: All Kind of Winter Facts and Fun by Bruce Goldstone (Holt, 2016)
Alyson Beecher is an educator and school administrator. She works with Glendale Unified School District in the Early Education and Extended Learning Programs. She has worked as a Special Education Inclusion Teacher, Special Education Administrator, Elementary Principal, and District Curriculum Specialist. She loves reading and getting books into the hands of children and hosts the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge on her blog, Kid Lit Frenzy. She serves on the American Library Association's Schneider Family Book Award Committee. Twitter: @alysonbeecher

Mary Ann Cappiello is a professor at Lesley University.  Along with Erika, she is the co-author of Teaching with Text Sets, Teaching to Complexity, and a forthcoming book with Stenhouse Publishers. She blogs at "The Classroom Bookshelf," a School Library Journal blog and has been on NCTE's Orbis Pictus Committee since 2015. Twitter: @MA_Cappiello

Erika Thulin Dawes is a professor of language and literacy at Lesley University, where she strives to equip teachers with a passion for children's literature and a wealth of creative strategies for using books in the classroom. Having worked as a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, and a literacy supervisor, she knows that great teachers and great librarians inspire lifelong readers. Erika is co-author of Teaching with Text Sets and Teaching to Complexity: A Framework for Evaluating Literary and Content-Area Texts. Twitter: @erikadawes

Stacey Shubitz is an independent literacy consultant and a former elementary school teacher. She's the author Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts and the co-author of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice. Her next book, Welcome to Writing Workshop, will be published by Stenhouse Publishers this winter. She has blogged at Two Writing Teachers, a blog solely devoted to the teaching of writing, since 2007. Twitter: @sshubitz.

Terrell Young is professor of children's literature at Brigham Young University. He has published numerous articles and has coauthored or coedited several books including Deepening Students' Mathematical Understanding with Children's Literature . Terry currently serves as the president of the United States Board on Books for Young People. He has served on numerous book award selection committees, including the Newbery Medal.

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