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 an interview with author and poet Leslie Bulion in which she describes her pre-writing process for Leaf Litter Critters in detail. It’s available by clicking on the Nonfiction Writing Resources icon shown above.
Discover how Leslie conducts research, takes notes, makes a list of animals she wants to write about, develops an organizing question to focus her thinking, and then takes notes on her notes to synthesize and condense the information as she isolates the most fascinating bits. I just love Leslie’s method. It’s a great model for student writers.