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Non-Fiction Writing

Non-fiction writing, sometimes called “informational writing,” is distinguished from other types of text by its purpose – namely “to communicate accurate, credible information about things, events, people, constructs, concepts and theories” (Ministry of Education, 2006c, p. 79). Fountas and Pinnell suggest that the purpose of non-fiction writing is to “inform or persuade,” whereas the purpose of fiction is to “entertain and involve readers (or listeners) in stories of life” (2001, p. 393). The line between the two can be a fluid one – consider documentaries and docudramas. Yet, by and large, fiction, “fashioned in the author’s imagination,” is not held accountable to standards of evidence, whereas non-fiction, “based in fact,” needs to be documented and verified by other sources (Fountas & Pinnell, 2001, p. 399).

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Why Non-Fiction?

With the exception of attendance, opportunities to develop skills and abilities in non-fiction writing is the “number-one factor” associated with improved test scores. (Reeves, 2002)

Non-fiction writing is the most widely read genre in the world. (Kamil & Lane, 1997).

Studies have shown that academic achievement in a range of subjects and fields relies heavily on informational reading and writing. (Duke, 2004)

Elementary school children of both genders (not just boys) will choose to read nonfiction over stories nearly half the time, a finding that surprises many teachers (Kletzien & Szabo, 1998)

Handy tips for a variety of ways to help your child at home

 This website highlights resources and strategies for helping your children in Literacy and Numeracy.  There are tips on Writing, Reading and Math, as well as homework and other useful resources.  Visit:  for more information.

Boomerang lunch continues

altWe will be continuing to practice Boomerang lunches in all classes and the staffroom. Leftover food will be taken back home. All recyclable waste will also go back home and only milk cartons purchased here will remain at school. Students are encouraged to use containers to carry their lunch and snacks. This program will reduce our garbage and recycling here at school and will assist families in the on-going discussions about how we all work to take care of the Earth.

Bus Loading Zone

altThere is no parking in the zone marked BUS LOADING At the front of the school as the school bus needs room to enter and drive away at the end of the school day.
Thank you.

Also our Safe School Team along with EARTHCARE Team would like the school to be an “idle free” zone. Please turn off your cars if you are parked more than two minutes outside the school. The environment and air quality is everyone’s responsibility.

Sir John A. Macdonald


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