Nonfiction for Elementary School by Donald Killgallon, Jenny Killgallon.
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Nonfiction for Elementary School

A Sentence-Composing Approach

By Donald Killgallon, Jenny Killgallon

The Killgallons provide the scaffolding students need to build strong sentences and paragraphs, as well as to interpret challenging brief nonfiction texts.  With recognizable nonfiction authors as their mentors, students learn skills and build confidence as their reading and writing become more meaningful and masterful.

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Don and Jenny Killgallon's sentence-composing approach helps students all across America develop into more proficient and sophisticated writers. Now, in this powerful worktext, the Killgallons use their highly effective method to help elementary students become better readers and writers of nonfiction.

Nonfiction for Elementary School: A Sentence Composing Approach offers varied practice in building better sentences and paragraphs by modeling writing after sentences from well-known authors, including Seymour Simon, Jerry Spinelli, Walter Dean Myers, Roald Dahl, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Bill Bryson, Richard Wright, Jim Murphy, Steve Sheinkin, Laura Hillenbrand, Philip M. Hoose, and many others.

Using the activities in the worktext, students—
• build strong, complete sentences with a clear understanding of the role of subject and predicate
• learn the meanings of words in the context of nonfiction sentences, promoting deep reading skills
• practice varied sentence-composing tools to build better sentences
• imitate the sentence and paragraph structure of mentor authors from a wide variety of short nonfiction pieces

The Killgallons provide the scaffolding students need to build strong sentences and paragraphs, as well as to interpret challenging brief nonfiction texts.  With recognizable nonfiction authors as their mentors, students learn skills and build confidence as their reading and writing become more meaningful and masterful.

Teacher's Booklet -- guidance for teaching with this particular student worktext, including pacing suggestions and answer key

In Depth

In Nonfiction for Elementary School: A Sentence-Composing Approach, you’ll read nonfiction of various types—usually excerpts of sentences or paragraphs. You’ll learn to read nonfiction more deeply, see how nonfiction authors build strong sentences, and learn to build your own sentences like theirs.

What are the topics of nonfiction? Count the number of grains of sand in all the deserts of the earth, and then count the number of drops of water in all the oceans on the planet, and then multiply both figures by a billion trillion. That’s how many topics nonfiction has been written about—from A to Z, cars, travel, sports, health, friendship, presidents, money, celebrities, history, mystery, weather, education, and a gazillion more.

In Nonfiction for Elementary School: A Sentence-Composing Approach, you’ll read just a small sample of nonfiction, but through the activities, you’ll increase your ability to read nonfiction more deeply and write nonfiction more skillfully.

— From Nonfiction: Words from Real Life, pg. 7-8

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Companion Resources

Teacher's Booklet -- guidance for teaching with this particular student worktext, including pacing suggestions and answer key

Sentence Composing: The Theory Booklet -- Don Killgallon's discussion of the why of the sentence-composing approach