How to use nonfiction texts to teach writing techniques

05/5/2013 | School Library Journal

Nonfiction works can be used to teach literary techniques and model quality writing styles, such as using strong introductions and conclusions, metaphor and onomatopoeia, educators Myra Zarnowski, Marc Aronson and Mary Ann Cappiello write in this article. They offer examples from children's nonfiction books that highlight approaches taken by six writers of nonfiction to engage young readers. "The more students consider a writer's craft in nonfiction, the more they will see that elements of good writing overlap," they write.

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