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Nonfiction Notebooks : Strategies for Informational Writing

By (author) Aimee Buckner

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Aimee Buckner has introduced writer's notebooks to hundreds of classrooms through her popular book Notebook Know-How, thereby helping students everywhere learn to improve their overall writing by focusing on essential prewriting strategies. Now, using the same format, Aimee explains how writer's notebooks can help students improve their nonfiction writing--reports, articles, memoirs, essays, and so forth--which has taken on even greater importance because of the emphasis the Common Core State Standards place on informative/explanatory writing. As Aimee explains, the prewriting work a student does is particularly important when writing informational pieces. Writer's notebooks help students capture their thoughts, develop ideas, explore mentor texts, refine a research strategy, and play with multiple outcomes--all of which lead to stronger concepts and better first drafts. Greater emphasis on the front end of the writing process also saves time and energy at the revision and editing stages. From exploring topics to gathering information to assessment, Nonfiction Notebooks takes teachers step-by-step through the process of how best to use notebooks for informational writing. Helpful reproducible forms are included both in the book and as downloads online.

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • 30 Sep 2013
  • Stenhouse Publishers
  • York, Maine
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1571109528
  • 9781571109521
  • 151,385

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Aimee Buckner has been in education for more than twenty years. She thrives on the idea that teaching is about helping students develop intellectually, physically, and emotionally. The writer's notebook helps her carve out a place in the curriculum to allow students to truly be themselves and find their own voice. Aimee continues to consult internationally. Aimee is a contributor to Choice Literacy and is the author of two other books with Stenhouse Publishers: Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's Notebook and Notebook Connections: Strategies for the Reader's Notebook.

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"As I read each chapter, I felt as if I was sitting in Ms. Buckner's classroom, watching a great teacher in action. I could sense her enthusiasm as her students asked questions, fidgeted as she explained a concept, became engaged in the writing process, and developed a desire to become better writers. "Nonfiction Notebook"s is a book that can be put to use immediately, as I did. It includes ideas that can be used alongside today's lesson or saved in your mental file cabinet." - MiddleWeb

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