Friday, May 3, 2019

A Treasure Trove of Nonfiction Reading and Writing Resources

I started off the new year with a brand new website.

It now features a fresh, fun design; improved navigability on a range of devices; and more teaching resources than ever before. I thought a little tour might be helpful.

Of course the site includes information about all my BOOKS as well as my award-winning BLOG. Under the SPEAKING tab, you can learn more about school visits and professional development workshops.

But if you’re a teacher, school librarian, or an aspiring nonfiction author, the tabs that will probably interest you most are VIDEOS and EDUCATORS.

The VIDEO tab leads to video mini-lessons that focus on the craft of informational writing, from word choice and voice to text features and text structures.

The EDUCATORS page includes a second way to access the video mini-lessons plus a whole lot more. In addition to Curriculum Guides, Readers Theater Scripts, Read-aloud Guides, and Activity Pages that are related to my most popular books, you will also find a plethora of general resources for teaching nonfiction reading and writing.
Click on Reading Resources, and you’ll find everything from information about the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction (aka the Nonfiction Family Tree) and activities for teaching these categories to students to whole-class and whole-school activities for celebrating nonfiction. There’s also activities for exploring text features and text structures as well as book recommendations.
Click on Writing Resources, and you’ll discover teaching strategies to help young writers choose a topic, take notes, and avoid plagiarism. There are also mentor text recommendations and activities for teaching such key craft moves as text structure, voice, point of view, and revision.
All these resources were created with your specific needs in mind, so I think you’ll find them useful. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to explore the site and bookmark the materials that you find most valuable.

Happy Reading and Writing, Everyone!

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