Explorations in Nonfiction Writing, Grade 5 by Linda Hoyt, Anthony
Explorations in Nonfiction Writing, Grade 5
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Explorations in Nonfiction Writing, Grade 5

“Nonfiction texts govern as much as 90% of the reading and writing done by literate adults and comprise more than 70% of standardized assessments. For our children to succeed in school and beyond they need to be fluent in the different purposes of nonfiction writing. They need to know how to plan, compose, revise, edit, and publish a range of nonfiction texts.” Tony Stead and Linda Hoyt

In Explorations in Nonfiction Writing, Tony Stead and Linda Hoyt offer teachers and students alike scaffolds to move forward with nonfiction writing, using writing as a natural way to wonder, learn, and think...

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“Nonfiction texts govern as much as 90% of the reading and writing done by literate adults and comprise more than 70% of standardized assessments. For our children to succeed in school and beyond they need to be fluent in the different purposes of nonfiction writing. They need to know how to plan, compose, revise, edit, and publish a range of nonfiction texts.” Tony Stead and Linda Hoyt

In Explorations in Nonfiction Writing, Tony Stead and Linda Hoyt offer teachers and students alike scaffolds to move forward with nonfiction writing, using writing as a natural way to wonder, learn, and think about topics that excite them. It includes opportunities for students to explore a variety of real-world nonfiction texts and to work collaboratively as researchers and writers to create their own informational texts.

While learning how to locate, access, interpret, record, publish, and share information, students also consider ways to activate their voice and make their nonfiction writing clearer, more authoritative, and better organized. Designed around a consistent mix of explorations—some are extended units of study that engage primary writers in the complete writing process and others are targeted minilessons that expose students to various forms of nonfiction writing—Explorations in Nonfiction Writing is easily adaptable and will support you whether you are integrating nonfiction writing into your established literacy block or developing a new nonfiction writing program that supports your entire academic curriculum.

Explorations in Nonfiction Writing components:

  • The teacher’s guide outlines the series’ guiding principles, offers practical tips for outfitting and organizing classrooms, and describes strategies and procedures for embedding nonfiction writing into your curriculum.
  • Organized around 5 major purposes for writing nonfiction—to inform, to instruct, to narrate, to persuade, and to respond—the lesson book supports your nonfiction writing instruction in two ways.
    • Extended Writing Units are in-depth studies—two weeks to a month in length— that give children a chance to explore more deeply a particular type of nonfiction text. In the course of an extended writing unit, students work collaboratively on a class research writing project and then apply what they’ve learned to an individual project.
    • Power Writes are compact minilessons that encourage students to analyze and try their hand at a wide variety of nonfiction texts from across the curriculum, such as signs, letters, labeled diagrams, reports, poetry, directions, and interviews.
  • Mentor texts provided as reproducibles and in poster format show how engaging and vibrant nonfiction texts can be and set a high standard for young writers.
  • The Resources CD-ROM provides a wealth of printable resources including instructional charts, checklists, and assessment forms.

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Reviews

The teacher modeled lessons start the immersion of my students as writers into what excites them as learners! To quote a visitor to our classroom Writer's Workshop, "To see the pride in even the most struggling writer's eyes is priceless." Thank you to Explorations! On a funny side note...I have bought several of the Exploration books because when parents who teach in other districts come to their child's parent teacher conference, they ask what I use to engage their child in writing. I've given three Explorations in Non Fiction Writing away so far this year! Denise Lukingbeal, Second Grade Teacher
Ellsworth Hill Elementary

Explorations in Nonfiction Writing provided me with a structured framework to encourage nonfiction writing across the curriculum. The step-by-step lessons are relevant, concise and easy to follow. Incorporating Explorations into my classroom helped me feel confident that I was meeting the expectations of the Common Core Standards as well as meeting the needs of all my students. Patty Montgomery, Third Grade Teacher
McDowell Elementary

Since we began using Explorations in Nonfiction Writing 3 years ago, I have seen a significant increase in the excitement and energy for nonfiction writing among our teachers and students. With Explorations’ focus on inquiry, research, and the craft of writing, the quality of student writing has increased year after year. Our students no longer just regurgitate facts, they careful plan and utilize strategies to make their nonfiction writing more interesting for the reader. Explorations provides support for teachers in teaching the features of effective writing through high quality modeled writing and the gradual release of responsibility--creating capacity for all teachers to be great writing teachers. April Willard, Literacy Curriculum Specialist
Liberty Drive Elementary

The lessons in Explorations in Nonfiction Writing equip both the writer and the reader for success by making the reading and writing connections explicit. Each lesson is easily adaptable to fit into every part of the instructional day making it a valued resource in writers workshop and across the curriculum. Elaine Shobert, Curriculum Coordinator
North Carolina

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Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Linda Hoyt directly about professional development support.

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Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Anthony Stead directly about professional development support.