Issues to consider #1-3 Here is a list of ideas for discussion… feel free to focus on what speaks to you or start new ideas for us to consider!
Please introduce yourself and share the ages/grades/subjects you teach.
How do you define nonfiction currently for the age/level you teach? Has your thinking changed or evolved after considering what Beers and Probst say? What definition do you think you will move forward with?
It seems a vertical progression of definition would be beneficial for students. How can we work with teachers above and below us to align this?
As we consider nonfiction texts, one challenge is to examine several texts on the same topic to evaluate honest representations of information across levels. What topic could you dive into and how could you gather a range of texts at different levels to consider?
How might you help students distinguish “fiction in nonfiction”?
Consider your own reading...how much nonfiction reading do you do? How do you evaluate what you read/how can you trust a source?
There are many topics recently that are controversial or “hot”. Notably gun violence and “criticism of parents” (in the way of the Cincinnati Zoo/Gorilla incident and the Disney/Alligator incident). Without engaging in a debate of these topics, how could you consider a controversial topic from a different perspective?
Did you find any elements of these issues “speaking to you”?