FREE! Introducing the Nonfiction Minute-a lesson taped from the CILC PEC Fall Festival

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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This is a taped presentation that Vicki Cobb and Roxie Munro created for the Fall Back into Learning Festival on October 6.  They show how to use the free web resource www.nonfictionminute.org.

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About 40 minutes. This is a self-contained lesson that teachers can build on

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Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Gifted & Talented, International, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Special Education, Special Needs, Writing

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This program is available free by clicking on the video above. Watch it full screen, if you like. The Nonfiction Minute is the most ienriching, original, multi-media, author-driven writing for el-hi students on the web created by 3 dozen award-winning nonfiction authors. Vicki Cobb-the Master Chef of Hands-On Science and Visual Thinker-author/illustrator Roxie Munro team up to present this fast-paced 40-minute lesson on how to use our amazing FREE entertaining/educational resource.. We don't have a captive audience. So, we write to captivate.

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

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Prerecorded and edited presentation from the live Festival on CILC. Students will get a taste of the range of voices, writing styles, and passions of top children's nonfiction authors.

The Nonfiction Minute is a resource that allows students to explore the world that they didn't know they didn't know through the craft of excellent writing. The Nonfiction Minutes can be used as mentor texts for their own writing and they can also find the authors'works in school and public libraries, in case they ever decide to read a real book.


To discover some of the many voices of terrific authors who write on myriad topics.
To follow their own passions through our "professors-at-large" for kids. We know content and we speak child.
To practice reading for meaning from texts that model excellence in writing.
Test prep come from reading widely and deeply. The Nonfiction Minute is on many topics. Our authors explore these topics more deeply in their books.

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National Standards

The Nonfiction Minutes are the gold standard for writing and for content. Everything has been vetted and professionally edited. .