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Non-fiction texts

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Callie Hammond

on 12 October 2012

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Ms. Hammond Non-fiction texts Elements of Non-fiction Qualitites of Non-fiction What information do you need to write a BIOGRAPHY? What is non-fiction? Biography an accout of a person's life written by SOMEONE ELSE
3rd person P.O.V.
"He was born on the 4th of July to two loving parents." Autobiography a person's account of his or her own ENTIRE life
1st person P.O.V.
"I was born on a hot, summer day in a small, Southern town." Formal Essay short piece of prose (writing) that examines a single subject
objective and impersonal in tone Speech Similar to an essay, but delivered orally
brings an audience together in order to inform them of something Memoir a person's account of a SHORT time or SPECIFIC aspect of his or her own life Main (Central) Idea the writer's most important message.
supported with details 3 Main Structural Patterns Chronological order events are listed in the order in which they happen Order of Importance events are listed in order of most important to least important Logical events or supporting details are listed in related groups Well-written prose that deals with REAL people, things, events, and places Types of Non-fiction Purpose ALL writing has a PURPOSE:
provide information
express feelings
influence Logic Statements must be supported by: REASONS, EVIDENCE, and EXAMPLES.
For a text to have LOGIC, it must have "ACCURATE REASONING" Unity All details support the CENTRAL (MAIN) IDEA or TOPIC
All parts CONNECT and AGREE Coherence One idea FLOWS from the next
The information is presented in an order that is easy to follow Michael Jordan's Biography
Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 17, 1963. His parents, James and Delores Jordan, moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when he was still a toddler. Jordan has two older brothers, one older sister, and one younger sister.

Jordan loved to play baseball when he was a child, and also played some basketball and football. His love for basketball began when his older brother, Larry, continuously beat him in one-on-one pickup games. As with any challenge Jordan faces, this determined Michael to become a better player.

Jordan played basketball for Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Ironically, Jordan was cut from the varsity team as a sophomore. Instead of giving up after failing to make the team, Jordan used it to spur himself to greater achievements, practicing hour after hour on the court. "Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I'd close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it," Jordan said, "and that usually got me going again." He eventually made the team and led it to the state championship.

Jordan accepted a basketball scholarship from the University of North Carolina. As a freshman, Jordan's ever-growing popularity began when he scored the game-winning basket in the 1982 NCAA championship game against the

Georgetown Hoyas. Jordan was selected college player of the year in the 1983-84 season, and led the US Men's Basketball Team to an Olympic Gold Medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics under coach Bobby Knight.
Jordan left college and entered the NBA in 1984, he was selected third in the draft (First pick: Houston--Hakeem Olajuwon; second pick: Portland--Sam Bowie) by the Chicago Bulls, a team that had won only 28 games the previous season. Ironically, Jordan played in his first game as a pro against Washington on Oct. 26, 1984. Jordan became an immediate impact in the league and proved that he belonged among the elite players. He finished his rookie season as one of the top scorers in the league, averaging 28.2 points per game, was named Rookie of the Year, and also made the All-Star team. Jordan led the Bulls into the playoffs in every season, but didn't make the NBA Finals until 1991, where he led the Bulls to their first of three consecutive NBA Championships (1991, 1992, and 1993). Biography



Formal Essay

Speech TRANSITION WORDS help create COHERENCE FACTS are TRUE statements.
OPINIONS cannot be proven. INTERNAL CONSISTENCY occurs when all parts are connected and agree with what came before. Analyzing details helps to determine the main (central) idea By the time I was obsessed with skateboarding, it was a geeky fad that only weirdos and nerds continued to do—at least that’s what my schoolmates told me. I was used to hearing their taunts, though. I was twelve years old, and I was the only skater in my school. I didn’t look like anybody else. Scabs covered my knees and elbows, and my clothes were ripped because I was always falling while trying new tricks. Everybody else in school had Nikes or Adidas, and I had blue high-top Vans or Converse Chuck Taylors with gray duct tape crisscrossing the toe. I had to tape them together because they were falling apart from kneesliding. My days at school were spent keeping my head down, doing my schoolwork, and counting the seconds until the final bell rang, signifying freedom. That bell allowed me to go to the local skatepark, Del Mar Skate Ranch, and skate until closing.
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