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Critique Nonfiction

Young people need to be able to judge the value nonfiction materials and make decisions about the accuracy, timeliness, and perspectives of these works.

Key words: appraises, argues, assesses, chooses, compares, concludes, contrasts, criticizes, defends, describes, discriminates, estimates, evaluates, explains, interprets, judges, justifies, predicts, rates, relates, selects, summarizes, supports.

Fact vs Fantasy

Young children need to begin critiquing the books that they read. They need to distinguish fact from fantasy.

Evaluating Nonfiction

Regardless of whether students are evaluating websites or nonfiction books, the criteria for evaluation is similar.

Read Hints About Print interactive and lesson.








Intermediate Activity Idea


Use the following tools to help students find and evaluate resources:

Logic and Reasoning in Nonfiction

Opinions/Editorials. Involve students in examining an author's logic and reasoning.

Debate. Involve young people in seeking multiple perspectives on issues and thinking about the author's use of figures of speech, choice of facts, logic, and reasoning.

Science and Nonfiction Critique

Are You Sure? Science and Nonfiction

Social Studies and Persuasive Communication

Use tools to scaffold persuasive reading and writing

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