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The 9 Nonfiction Sign Posts

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Margo Bell

on 8 January 2014

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Transcript of The 9 Nonfiction Sign Posts

1. Definitions/Descriptions
When the author has embedded the definition of a term within the text.
2. Examples
When the author lists or describes examples that relate to the topic of the text, or paragraph.
3. Numbers & Statistics
When the author uses numbers and statistics in the text.
4. Metaphors/Analogies
When an author makes a direct comparison between two things.
The
9
Nonfiction Signposts
Part 1

What is the
purpose
of the signposts?

When you see them, you should
slow
down.

After you slow down, you need to pause and
ask
yourself the Anchor Question.

The nonfiction sign posts work the
same
way!
Identify the term (
circle
it) and identify the definition
(
underline
it). Then ask,
why
did the author want you to know the definition?
What are these examples of? How do these
examples
support
the central idea/ argument?
What is
surprising
about the statistic?
How is the author using this statistic to
support
the central idea/argument?
How
is the author
showing
a similarity
between something known and unknown?
How
does the author want me to
imagine
the subject matter
through
their analogy?
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What is a statistic?
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