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Transcript of Nonfiction Signposts
When it comes to signposts....
There are a variety of signposts that we use when reading and annotating fiction. Some of those we can use with nonfiction, and there are some that are specific to the genre!
The author presents something that contrasts with or contradicts what the reader is likely to know, think, or have experienced, or shows a difference between two or more situations, events, or perspectives.
The author quotes others, directly, wtih what we call a Voice of Authority or Personal Perspective. The author might also list others in citations.
Extreme or Absolute Language
The author uses langague that leaves no doubt about a situation or evetn, that perhaps exaggerates or overstates a case.
Ask yourself: What do I believe and what do I want to accept?
The author uses words or pharase sthat students recognize they don't know.
Ask yourself: What is the purpose of using this vocabulary?
Experts and Amateurs Words
Vocabulary can help us determine the credibility of an author.
Ask yourself: Who is saying this? What gives the person the right to say this?
Stats and Numbers
The author uses numbers or words that show amounts or statistical information to show comparisoins in order to prove a point or help create an image
Ask yourself: Are these accurate?