Books for Units of Study in Writer's Workshop

Literary Non-Fiction and Non-Fiction Feature Articles

Katie Wood Ray puts both of these studies together. Katie says, in Study Driven, p. 215, to look for texts:
- that provide a variety of information on a topic
- that give advice
- that are designed to teach a reader how to do something
- that inform readers about how something is done
- that are based on interviews
- that are biographical sketches or profiles of people; or
- that present a list of possibilities

Literary Non-Fiction

From Katie Wood Ray's Study Driven literary nonfiction list:

Bread Comes to Life: A Garden of Wheat and a Loaf to Eat by George Levenson
Gentle, Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace
On Earth by G. Brian Karas
Penny: The Forgotten Coin by denise Brennan-Nelson
A handful of Dirt by Raymond Bial
Beyond the Game: The Colleted Sportswriting of Gary Smith by Gary Smith
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh

The Kid Who Invented the Trampoline: More Surprising Stories About Inventions by Don L. Wulffson
Time for Kis Almanac 2006, Time for Kids, editors
Toys! Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions by Don L. Wulffson

Non-Fiction Feature Articles ~ must have facts plus one or more of the following: story (contains story elements), strong voice (the writer is talking to me) , opiniion. May contain pictures, charts, tables, graphs, captions, survey or interview results, observations etc. Many are found in Boys Life, National Geographic Kids, Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated.

I Like Oranges by Robin Pickering
Saguaro Moon: A Desert Journal by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini
True Bugs by Sara Swan Miller
DK Look Closer, Bugs: A Close Up Look at Insets and Their Relatives, DK Publishing
From Katie Wood Ray's book Study Driven:

Feature Articles based on Interviews. P. 228
Authors by Request by Janis Campbell and Cathy Collison
Author Talk by Leonard S. Marcus
The Book of Changes: A Collection of Interviews by Kristine McKenna
Talking with Artist, Vols. 1-3 by Pat Cummings

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