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Curiosity, Complexity and Conversations

his is a book about writing (and reading) nonfiction with children in their elementary years of schooling. In these chapters we define how we have come to understand nonfiction, and we describe what it looks like in our classrooms. Recent educational policies and standards have encouraged the use of nonfiction in earlier grades than has been common in past practice. And, in fact, there seems to be every reason to do so. Many studies suggest the use of nonfiction with young children is a valuable classroom practice. Reading and writing nonfiction offers opportunities for children to develop conceptual understandings and acquire scientific language in a familiar picturebook format. In turn these same picturebooks act as mentor texts for children as they begin to write their own texts, using... Show More

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