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Copy of Elements of Nonfiction

For English 10's nonfiction unit

Yasmin Headley

on 5 August 2014

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Transcript of Copy of Elements of Nonfiction

About people
About places
About events
About things

Nonfiction is a type of writing that deals with real people, real places, and real events.
a writer's account of his or her own life
told in 1st person Point of View
focuses on most significant events and people in the writer's life and how they affected the writer
if published, the writer is most likely famous
an account of a person's life written by another person
research! honesty! balance!
strengths and weaknesses, etc.
But still...why did the researcher choose him/her?
a form of autobiographical writing
memory rendered in literature
writer focuses on his or her involvement with noted people, significant events, or both, and their deeper meaning
tone is important; often intimate
writer tries to convince you to share a belief, to agree with a position, or to take some action
brief work on nonfiction that deals with a single subject
writers systematically develop ideas in an imprersonal manner
often include anecdotes or humor
purpose is to convey or explain
expresses a writer's thoughts, feelings, opinions
allows a writer to explore the meaning of events and issues in his own life
often informal in tone
cause and effect (107)
chronological order (314)
comparison and contrast (170)
analysis frame (187)
problem-solution (364)
thesis (146)
reliability (484)
tone (455)
paraphrasing vs.
direct quotes (484)
audience (484)
style (593)
Which form of nonfiction text is this?
"Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights." On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger."
A historical account:
Coretta Scott King's account:
Page 128:
"Serene after his inner struggle, Martin joined me in our sitting room...We sat together talking about the prospects for the success of the protest. We were both filled with doubt. Attempted boycotts had failed in Montomery and other cities... We finally decided that if the boycott was sixty percent effective we would be doing all right, and we would be satisfied to have made a good start."
the attitude a writer displays toward a subject
particular way a piece of literature is written
not what is said but how it is said
choice of words, length of sentences, and tone all contribute
the person or persons intended to read a text
There are
nonfiction texts
of every
style, shape, and size, made for every
conceivable kind of audience.
What type of nonfiction suits you?

How can we talk about these
of nonfiction?
Why do you like one type over another?
Elements of

Forms of Nonfiction...

Biography vs. Autobiography

Autobiography vs. Biography
Nonfiction is REAL
Highlight the facts about the author's perspective on education
Stop N Jot
What is the author's perspective on education?
Use text to support your answer.
On your own!
Read pgs 3-5
How have events in the author's life shaped his perspectives on education?
Review...What is a narrative?

Malcom X
Compare each authors motivation to learn. Did oppression motivate them why or why not?
In your notebook draw a T chart
A Slave Narrative is an autobiography written by a former slave which explains his/her life as a slave an his/her path to freedom
What is the political purpose of a slave narrative ?
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