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Elements of Nonfiction

For English 10's nonfiction unit

Emily Brisse

on 15 October 2013

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Transcript of Elements of Nonfiction

About people
About places
About events
About things
written to convey factual info
shaped by purposes and attitudes of author
must be examined for bias, gaps in info, and errors in logic
a writer's account of his or her own life
told from 1st person POV
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)
What are the benefits of these kinds of texts?
"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
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