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From Me to We
Using Narrative Nonfiction to Broaden Student Perspectives

ISBN 9781138185036
Published September 12, 2016 by Routledge
132 Pages - 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With this practical book, you’ll learn effective ways to engage students in reading and writing by teaching them narrative nonfiction. By engaging adolescents in narrative, literary, or creative nonfiction, they can cultivate a greater understanding of themselves, the world around them, and what it means to feel empathy for others. This book will guide you to first structure a reading unit around a narrative nonfiction text, and then develop lessons and activities for students to craft their own personal essays. Topics include:

  • Engaging your students in the reading of a nonfiction narrative with collaborative chapter notes, empathy check-ins, and a mini-research paper to deepen students’ understanding;
  • Helping your students identify meaningful life events, recount their experiences creatively, and construct effective opening and closing lines for their personal essays;
  • Encouraging your students to use dialogue, outside research, and a clear plot structure to make their narrative nonfiction more compelling and polished.

The strategies in this book are supplemented by examples of student work and snapshots from the author’s own classroom. The book also includes interviews with narrative nonfiction writers MK Asante and Johanna Bear. The appendices offer additional tips for using narrative nonfiction in English class, text and online resources for teaching narrative nonfiction, and a correlation chart between the activities in this book and the Common Core Standards.

Table of Contents

Meet the Author


Introduction: From Me to We: Broadening Millennial Minds through Narrative Nonfiction

Part I: Reading the Truth

Chapter 1: Layers of Truth: The Narrative Nonfiction Spiral

Chapter 2: Exploring the Truth: Activities for Reading Narrative Nonfiction

Chapter 3: Sample Reading Unit: The Soloist by Steve Lopez

Part II: Writing the Truth

Interlude: Why Write Personal Essays? A Case for Creative Writing as Reading Assessment

Chapter 4: Crafting the Truth: Getting Started with Personal Essays

Chapter 5: Polishing the Truth: Digging Deeper into Personal Essays

Chapter 6: Masters of Truth: Interviews with Narrative Nonfiction Writers


Appendix A: 11 Tips for Teachers to Use Narrative Nonfiction in English Class

10 Tips for Students to Write Engaging Narrative Nonfiction

Appendix B: Narrative Nonfiction Resources

Appendix C: Common Core Standards for Reading and Writing Narrative Nonfiction


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Jason Griffith is a National Board Certified teacher and a National Writing Project Fellow who taught middle and high school English for 12 years in Carlisle, PA. He is currently a Teaching Associate and PhD Student (English Education) at Arizona State University and an Adjunct Instructor at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg.

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