Stephen Ambose has written some good non-fiction. So has Studs Terkel and
Alvin Toffler. The Diary of Anne Frank is a well-known non-fiction piece.
Wikkepedia has a list of some non-fiction authors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_non-fiction_writers And there are lots
of non-fiction books in the Eureka! tradebooks database.
[mailto:teacher-talkhswriters-bounces_at_learner.org] On Behalf Of Sheryl
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:35 AM
Subject: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Workshop 7
Today, we used two of the resources from the workshop. Yesterday, we
discussed point of view in writing. I used the Famous First Lines handout
and had the students discuss whether the line was in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd
person. I then had them choose which book they thought would be most
interesting to them and challenged them to read it. We'll see if they do!
We then read the Gonzalez poem and they wrote a paragraph about how they
felt about the poet's thoughts. Interestingly, I had an all male class
today, and while I try to avoid stereotypes, we had to spend several minutes
discussing the poem as they claimed no understanding.
. I also found sample of writing from Project Gutenberg (www.
<http://www.gutenberg.org> gutenberg.org) and the learners read passages and
highlighted examples of good writing. We used Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Poe,
and from Amazon I found samples of John Grisham and Danielle Steel. We
discussed what made these writers "good" even though we all had preferences
on which we would prefer to read.
While I have used reading passages many times in the Writing class, this is
the first time we have discussed famous authors and attempted to interpret
style. We will continue to do this type of thing. Next time, I will use
non-fiction authors and we will continue to compare styles as this is more
closely related to the writing we do. If anyone has suggestions for which
writers to use and where to find some pieces, let me know!
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