Friday, January 28, 2011
Teaching Nonfiction Writing - A Practical Guide
This book has a great little section on leads that many of us were talking about at the book group last night. I can't wait to try it out.
I've already noticed that I am more aware of pointing out the various techniques in the nonfiction pieces that we've read recently. For example, I always have the students read "The Man in the Water" in conjunction with Beowulf and our talk about heroes. This time when we read it, I made sure that the students noticed the craft Rosenblatt uses, i.e. when he uses imagery in the first paragraph: The jets from Washington National Airport that normally swoop around the presidential monuments like famished gulls are, for the moment, emblemized by the one that fell.
Speaking of book group, we had an incredible turnout last night. We are going to need a bigger room next time.