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It’s Non-Fiction

A rap song for teaching non-fiction literature including essays, documentaries, biographies, textbooks and journalism. Includes fun worksheets and multiple versions of the song that assist with scaffolding.

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“It’s Non-Fiction” helps students learn about how to write and understand non-fiction prose, especially short stories. The educational song covers the introduction paragraph, topic sentence, conclusion, bibliography, and works cited list by teaching non-fiction through music, rhyme, and memorization. The teaching materials, including games, puzzles and worksheets, help teachers and homeschool parents create lesson plans for the song topics.

This language arts song is suitable for teaching non-fiction writing to advanced elementary school (3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade), middle school, high school, and home school students.
It’s not fiction
It’s non-fiction
It’s non-fiction, yo we’re keeping it real
Nothing fake, only opinions and facts to reveal

Verse I
When you’re sitting home at your desk
And your thoughts are all a mess
And your brain can’t think any more
And even though your research is done
Your assignment’s just begun, because your
Thoughts are all scattered on the floor
So listen up, pick ‘em up, sort ‘em out, and create an outline
Like a roadmap to direct your prose
And you’ll find if you’re outlining it properly
You’re streamlining the process
You see the rest of the assignment just flows

Starting with the introduction
A paragraph whose primary function
Is to introduce what you’re about to say
And so it should go easy on the length
But establish the strength of
The argument you’re tryin to make
Do you know what a paragraph is?
It’s a bunch of sentences
That express one continuous thought
So now I think you can take it from here
And you won’t have any fear
If you just remember what you’ve been taught!


Verse II
In every paragraph you should be finding
A topic sentence shining
Coming at you from a mile away
It’s the one that kicks it off
And you know that it’s always on the ball
About the content that’s about to be relayed.
At every paragraph’s end there’s a sentence that will append
A conclusion to whatever was said
And rather than just ending it there
Instead it’s gonna prepare us
For the content that’s just ahead

Now when you’ve worked through the night
And you’ve written all you can write
You gotta wrap up everything you’ve put down
So you write a conclusion paragraph
That’s the one that comes last
And it should be thoroughly strong and profound
Now after all this, you gotta make a list
Of the articles and books that you used
The list is called a bibliography
It’s what your readers gotta see
Or else they will get unbelievably confused.

Plagiarism—copying what someone else has written
Without admitting—yo that is strictly forbidden
I’m not kidding. That’s like stealing all their wisdom
As your own erudition, that’s a dishonest system
So listen: If you take a phrase from somewhere else
Anything at all that isn’t written by yourself
You gotta use quotation marks around the quote
And then put a citation or a footnote


Internet public library for teens
Steps to writing
This site is quite unusual. It describes in detail all the steps necessary in expository writing and does it with a sense of humor. Thorough and thoughtful.
Grades 7-12

Suite 101 Full of interesting pages of writing topics and samples, this site offers articles about prepositions, split infinitives, misused words, etc. Fertile territory for the interested writer. Very useful.
Grades 7-12
Essay writing
This site offers a step-by-step guide to writing an essay. It lists many different kinds of essays with hints and guides to effective essay writing for many different kinds of essays. Lots of selection and help. Easy to understand.
Grades 6-12

Lesson Plans & Activities
Fiction & Non-Fiction
This lesson plan helps students improve writing skill by including both fiction and non-fiction texts. Students compare, discuss and write original pieces.
Grades 3-5

Electronic messaging
A lesson plan that explores the language of electronic messaging and how it affects other writing. The lesson also examines the importance of a more formal style of writing based on the audience.
Grades 6-12

Writing ideas and topics
This site has a large number of lesson plans that illustrate and ask for the creation of many different kinds of writing. A goldmine of ideas!
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Writing News
An activity-based site, this link is useful for teachers and students alike. It walks the reader through all of the steps of writing a news article and asks that you write one too. Students can submit works online for publishing.
Grades 6-12

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