Best Nonfiction
Introductory Level

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Grade Level: 5-6
Publisher: Jamestown Publisher
Publish Date: 1998
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 7 1/4 by 9 inches
Number of Pages: 240
Item ID: 2974 D2A  ISBN: 978-0-89061-882-0
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Seven Selections for Young People with Lessons for Teaching the Basic Elements of Literature: We highly recommend this approach for teaching literary analysis. Use of language, author's purpose, main idea and supporting details, biographies, diaries, and analyzing nonfiction are all taught. Inferences, generalizing, distinguishing between fact and opinion, identifying cause and effect, and drawing conclusions are addressed in the "Interpreting" section. A reference section explains the major steps in the writing process with a handy one-page writing checklist.

Units consist of a writing concept, a selection to illustrate it, comprehension questions, a lesson, discussion guides, and writing activities, covering all aspects of literature. Do two or three a year.

Selections are

  • "Where is Cyberspace" by Claire Benedikt
  • "Another April" by Jesse Stuart
  • "How to Improve Your Vocabulary" by Tony Randall
  • "Houston, We've Had a Problem" by Michael D. Cole
  • "I Got Myself a Start by Giving Myself a Start" by A'Lelia Perry Bundles
  • "A Child's Life in Sarajevo" by Zlata Filipovic
  • "River Creatures" by Huynh Quang Nhuong
The book has two-color illustrations, photographs, glossary. There is a teacher's key available which provides teaching helps, Comprehension Scores Graphs, Comprehension Skills Profiles, and answers to "Reviewing and Interpreting" and exercises for all five introductory-level books in the Best series (See Related Items below).


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