Jeff Schreiber Germantown High School WEMTA 2013 Goals for today Define the idea of high interest nonfiction Discuss the rationale for using it and focusing on it How I have used it Strategies for promotion, ordering What is high interest nonfiction? Other names: narrative nonfiction, creative nonfiction, literary nonfiction, long-form journalism, fact-based storytelling Something that reads like fiction, but is nonfiction Has the ability to teach while telling a story Informative, yet entertaining Reality vs. phoniness Can be extended Why focus on HI nonfiction? Common Core skills By 12th grade 70% will be informational text Text complexity Mirror of fiction skills (plot, character, theme, etc) Decoding to comprehension(analysis, inference, synthesis) Coverage across disciplines in one book! Argument, evidence, critical thinking, reflection Focus on craft or writing style Analysis: Physical Space How many nonfiction books do I have on display? How is my access to nonfiction sections? Do I have any promotions for nonficiton? Would I be moved to browse in the nonfiction sections? How are my nonfiction sections labeled? Analysis: Nonfiction Collection Doing some digging! Look up % of fiction vs nonfiction Look up age of collection Analyze Dewey for strong areas and areas of most use Destiny Data: Age/Circs/Copies Analysis: 2008-2013 Year Average Age Items in nonfiction Total Items 2008 1990 10,121 19,107 2013 2000 7,353 13,370 Analysis: Audience What are your student demographics? What is your school known for? What about the location/town of school? What are curriculum strengths? Dialog with kids about personal interests Develop a comprehensive plan How much of the collection do you want nonfiction Book length – I found 300 pages or so to be a “magic” number What subject areas need work—prioritize! What are your strengths/weaknesses? Weeding What are the “sacred cows” of the teachers 30-40 % of orders nonficiton Where do I get my ideas for ordering? Nonfiction- You have to work for it— there really are few “lists” to use Avid reader of newspapers Booklist NY Times and NY Times Book Reviews Best Seller Lists Walking through Barnes and Nobles Read a variety of magazines Listen to NPR Titlewave Data: Ordering Titlewave Data: Ordering Strategies – involve teachers! Have “staff experts” in fields that you can refer kids to Promote staff choices-shelfari display Teacher book review videos Encourage nonfiction selections to staff members once you know their interests and subject areas Strategies – in the classroom Sell the idea of a nonficiton requirement in both curricular and independent areas Article of week Social activism units Promoting current events discussions in classrooms Remind them that administrators LOVE anything with nonfiction!! Strategies/promotion - kids Creating resource lists that have fiction and nonfiction “Finding it in Dewey” display Focus on your physical area for promotion You can’t make this stuff up!! Create interesting connections (see the TV lists!) Promotion - display Promotion- displays Use your imagination! Teach Perspective Tyler Hamilton Lance Armstrong If you like this—you may like that……. If you like this—you may like that! Mistakes? You will make them Hard to trust pop culture! Death will influence buying Mistakes can be made! People embellish Scandal!! Future issues to consider Dewey Vs Genre Fiction as nonfiction – the Armstrong issue – Does it matter?