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Mrs. Day - 9th Lit/Comp
Nonfiction Essential Questions Why should you believe me? What makes a credible source? What makes a good leader? How can I persuade someone to see my point of view?
What is Nonfiction? Written works intended to give facts, or true accounts of real things and events. The author writes about actual persons, places and events. The writer may just report facts The writer may also include personal opinions Often there is a mixture of both Readers must read critically
Critical Reading Strategies look at writer’s background Look at writer’s purpose Look at writer’s attitude Look at writer’s audience
Journalism Journalism TextsTypes of Journalism Newspapers Magazines Online sources Interviews Columns Reviews Articles Editorials Editorial Cartoons
Essays FormalInformal A writing style on a serious topic in a serious manner, usually tightly prepared and organized A writing style on any topic in a light, humorous, amusing manner; often loosely organized, rambling and casual in approach
Other Essay Forms Comparison and Contrast Essays Persuasive Essays Cause and Effect Essays
Personal Reflections Diaries: a private form of writing with no further intended audience Journals: varying styles and topics. Give a glimpse of the writer’s value of his or her world Personal Reflections must be memorable and significant and : Give character insight Lead to an unexpected conclusion Show how a lesson was learned Awaken feeling of pity, compassion, joy and nostalgia
Autobiography Written by the subject for publication Author has some purpose for writing To teach To arouse awareness To warn Simply to entertain
Memoir A TYPE OF AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITING, DEALING WITH THE RECOLLECTIONS OF IMPORTANT PEOPLE OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN A PART OF OR HAVE WITNESSED SIGNIFICANT EVENTS. CONSIDERED BOTH AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL
Biography The accurate presentation of a life story from birth to death of an individual. Historical biographies include strands of an individual’s life interwoven with historical persons, places and events.
Other Forms of Nonfiction Speeches – oral; used to persuade or inform (often through use of rhetoric) How-to manual- most widely published form of expository writing Encyclopedia/Dictionary Technical Text Expository- nonfiction document used to explain or inform
What is Rhetoric? The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively Origin- Ancient Greece Ethos- appeal to credibility, beliefs Logos- appeal to logic Pathos- appeal to emotions
Logos Reason (logos) - support your general claims with concrete, specific data. Support your reasons with evidence. Facts - can be proven. Expert opinions or quotations Definitions - statement of meaning of word or phrase Statistics - offer scientific support Examples - powerful illustrations Anecdote - incident, often based on writer's personal experiences Present opposition - and give reasons and evidence to prove the opposition wrong Conclude with call to action - urge the reader to do something
Ethos Ethics (ethos) - convince your readers that you are fair, honest, and well informed. They will then trust your values and intentions. Avoid over-use of negatively charged loaded words.
Pathos Emotion (pathos) - a carefully reasoned argument will be strengthened by an emotional appeal. Use description or narrate an example, often from your own experience. Your point of view is demonstrated in an emotional appeal, and is important to the reader. Careful word choice presents your position accurately.
How to Build a Strong Argument Introduction - establish your argument, and clarify the importance of the issue. Statement of the Case - tell story behind the argument, offering background information Proposition Statement - carefully state central proposition, as a thesis statement would be given Refutation - refute opposition arguments, exposing faulty reasoning Confirmation - develop your case, using examples, facts, statistics (logos) Digression - appealing anecdote or description, offering ethos or pathos Conclusion - finish with strong conviction; review main points, or suggest call to action
Tips for Reading Nonfiction Try to separate Facts from Opinions. The writer has chosen facts that present a certain picture of the subject. Think about what might be missing as well as what is there Think about the writer's purpose. Is the writer trying to win you over to his or her opinion? Learn to appreciate how well a writer says something, even when you don't agree. Be a critical reader. Be aware of the writer's tone. Frequently a writer reveals much about himself or herself by the tone he or she uses. This is especially important in autobiographical writing
Pieces to Read - today Go Deep to the Sewer - page 368 Fly Away – page 373 The Talk – page 381
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