Posted by: nancyisanders | February 5, 2015

Write a NF Book in Just 3 Weeks: Week 1

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Today we’re researching again.

For my first days of research, I just read through all the picture books I collected from the library. Now I’m ready to go back through and do some serious notetaking.

How are you managing your research?

Today’s also the day to sit down and plot your own nonfiction picture book. At first, you might not be sure what to choose. Just sit with your research books and use the PREDICTABLE PLOT WORKSHEET A to plan how you want your story to start.

Determine the pattern you want to establish such as “Snow is on the tree.”

Decide if you want to follow that pattern all the way through or if you want to change it one or more times. (See CATS for an example of one pattern change in a predictable plot.)

Mark this note on your plot chart and determine where you want this change to occur if you do choose to use it.

Brainstorm ideas for how you want your story to end. SNOW doesn’t have much of a surprise ending, so you might want to be thinking of a stronger way to end your story.

After you chart your story on the plot chart, you’re ready to choose a great title.

Once again, CLICK HERE to visit my site where I have a chart you can download to brainstorm various titles you might want to use for your story. Choose your favorite one!


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