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Documentaries and Nonfiction

3 Credits
Discover how to use documentaries to help your students become better readers and interpreters of nonfiction texts. Documentaries and Nonfiction offers a creative and innovative approach to teaching nonfiction reading strategies within all disciplines. The critical thinking skills students learn while reading documentaries will transfer naturally to their reading of nonfiction print texts. Using documentaries to build nonfiction reading skills makes concepts like propaganda, irony, audience, tone, and bias accessible and tangible for students. The teaching of nonfiction will be enhanced by the engaging strategies and resources featured in this course. The increased emphasis on nonfiction texts in the Common Core State Standards makes this course more important than ever.

NOTE: Required book must be acquired separately.

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Elaine Reimer-Paré

As I work with young readers and writers in my own classroom, I continue to search for ways to engage students with literature and the writing process: How can I help students become more confident and independent readers? How can I help students communicate effectively? How can I help students recognize the inherent value and enjoyment of reading and writing well? Because I know that other teachers ask themselves these same questions, I am passionate about my work at Fresno Pacific. The opportunity to engage with other teaching professionals is inspiring and rewarding; I hope that a collaborative sharing of ideas and strategies will enrich our teaching of reading and writing even further.