Notice and Note for Nonfiction

Big Questions:

Use these questions to think about what purported truth the author is trying to convince you of.

  1. What surprised me?
  2. What does the author think I already know?
  3. What challenged, changed, or confirmed what I already know?

Signposts for Nonfiction:

Use these signposts to FIGURE OUT how the author is trying to change minds and inform us as readers. Remember, not every informational text contains the five signposts.

  1. Contrasts and Contradictions
  2. Absolute and Extreme Language
  3. Numbers and Stats
  4. Quoted Words
  5. Word Gap


Doc’s Slides on Fiction & Nonfiction Signposts

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