Adrienne Gear What is Writing Power? - Writing with intent and purpose; “we write to invite thinking”; shifting the focus of writing to get a mark to “writing for the reader”.
My Writing Goals
Make sure my writing is INTERESTING
Make sure my reader is not CONFUSED!
Nonfiction Writing Techniques:
Triple Scoop Words – increasing vocabulary
Add a Detail! – no more robot writing!
Nonfiction Features – show what you know in a different way
Hooking Your Reader – great opening sentences
Let’s Get Organized! – understanding text structures
Simile and You Will See! – using comparisons
Great First Impressions – great beginnings
4 Key elements of Nonfiction Writing Forms:
Purpose - Who is my reader and what is my intention for writing?
Text Structure - What is the specific structure (skeleton) of this writing form?
Language Features - What specific language (words or phrases) is featured?
Writing Techniques – Which writing techniques can I teach that would help to enhance the quality of this particular form of writing?
Topic Forms - What non-fiction features could be included (labels, diagrams)
Anchor Books – Which books can I use to model specific forms or techniques?
COMPARING TEXT STRUCTURE
FICTIONNONFICTION “Walking stories”DescriptionIntent: Provide reader with facts and information about a topicReports on countries, animals, plants, insects, wanted poster
“Climbing stories”Stories, myths, legendsInstructionIntent: Provide reader with instructions on how to achieve a goal, do something, make something, get somewhereRecipes, directions, games, maps, rules, experiments, crafts, drawing, lists, letters
PersuasionIntent: Provide reader with an opinion, facts and evidence to convince them to take an action of some kindAdvertisements, travel brochures, debates, opinions, catalogues, posters
ComparisonIntent: Provide reader with similarities and differences between two topics or ideas. Similarities and differences between two or more things; can incorporate persuasion
ExplanationIntent: Provide reader with facts explaining how or why something happens. Scientific explanations, phenomenon, elaborations.
Nonfiction NarrativeIntent: Provide reader with sequential description of events in a person’s life, current or historical event. Retelling about a person’s life (biography) or a past event (news report) in sequential order