Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
This week I celebrate launching our nonfiction unit, with all kinds of great inspiration and practical ideas from Ralph Fletcher’s new book, Making Nonfiction From Scratch:
For last Sunday’s DigiLit round up, I shared some of my takeaways from this wonderful resource:
and this week was all about putting some of those ideas into practice, and we began with nonfiction readalouds, an idea inspired by a chapter entitled: Where Have All The Nonfiction Read=Alouds Gone? Where indeed? In room 2o2, read aloud all kinds of fiction and poetry…but non-fiction? Not so much. Fletcher says: “We need to marinate our students in the best nonfiction we can find”, so that’s what I set out to do this week.
First, we spent some time charting our initial thoughts about fiction vs. nonficton, and I think my kids were really surprised at how compartmentalized their thinking was: fiction and nonfiction, it seems, have NOTHING in common:
We’ve been reading through a stack of great nonfiction all week,
and revising our thinking. Bit by bit, we are assembling (as Fletcher suggests) a “Criteria List” of craft moves the authors use to bring these stories alive (even at 7:50 in the morning!). And, bit by bit, my kids are beginning to see that fiction and nonfiction have much in common – beginning with strong storytelling. Best of all, nobody is bored, as they had imagined they would have been, reading this sort of powerful nonfiction.
That is a very good thing, and we celebrate this!