Knowing How: Researching and Writing Nonfiction 3-8
In Knowing How, they demystify the research process and provide tools students need to shape their research into substantive, well-written products that communicate with readers. This practical guide for current and preservice teachers is divided into two parts:
- Part I focuses on the research process--formulating a
substantive research question or thesis statement, and
collecting and organizing relevant data before writing a
- Part II focuses on reporting and assessment--composing a
first draft using the organized information; revising the
paper so it has an engaging lead, effective transitions, and
a strong conclusion; and assessing nonfiction writing,
aligning assessment criteria and tools with those used to
assess state standardized writing performances.
The authors share examples of almost fifty exemplary leads, transitions, and conclusions used by professional authors as well as their own students. In each case, they provide a close analysis of how authors craft these elements so students can use the same strategies in their nonfiction writing. Each chapter also includes Teacher to Teacher tips that offer practical suggestions for applying these lessons in the classroom.
Completing this resource are letters to parents, a sample time line for the project (calendar), tips for working with other professionals, and appendixes that include a list of age-appropriate nonfiction picture books that model each of the strategies introduced, suggestions for using technology to enhance researching, and sample student reports.
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
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