One in a million. Yes, that’s how rare it is to have so many write-about-reading strategies so beautifully put to use. Each year Leslie Blauman guides her students to become highly skilled at supporting their thinking about texts, and in Evidence-Based Writing: Nonfiction, she shares her win-win process. Leslie combed the ELA standards and all her favorite books and built a lesson structure you can use in two ways: with an entire text or with just the excerpts she’s included in the book. Addressing Evidence, Relationships, Main Idea, Point of View, Visuals, Words and Structure, each section includes: Lessons you can use as teacher demonstrations or for guided practice, with Best the Test tips on how to authentically teach the skills that show up on exams with the texts you teach. Prompt Pages serve as handy references, giving students the key questions to ask themselves as they read any text and consider how an author’s meaning and structure combine. Excerpts-to-Write About Pages feature carefully selected passages from current biographies, informational books, and articles on the topics you teach and questions that require students to discover a text’s literal and deeper meanings. Write-About-Reading Templates scaffold students to think about a text efficiently by focusing on its critical craft elements or text structure demands and help them rehearse for more extensive responses. Writing Tasks invite students to transform their notes into a more developed paragraph or essay with sufficiently challenging tasks geared for grades 6-8. And best of all, your students gain a confidence in responding to complex texts and ideas that will serve them well in school, on tests, and in any situation when they are asked: What are you basing that on? Show me how you know.

What Is the Author’s Purpose?

What Is the Author’s Purpose?

Point of View: The place, vantage point, or consciousness from which someone describes a situation, tells a story, or makes an argument.

Conflicting Evidence or Viewpoints: Evidence is “conflicting” when it contradicts what the writer has offered as his or her claim; thus, the writer must address and resolve that conflict or opposing viewpoint on the way to advancing and clarifying his or her own.

Prompts for Noticing Point of View

  • What is the topic/subject? What is the author’s attitude toward it?
  • What is the author’s point of view or purpose regarding this subject?
  • How does the author weave in his or her angle or point of view about the topic?
  • Is there a different or opposing point of view that ...
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