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Nonfiction Inquiry: Using Real Reading and Writing to Explore the World

by Stephanie Harvey

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Nonfiction Inquiry: Using Real Reading and Writing to Explore the World

Grades K – 8
Type Journal
Published September 2002
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English



Nonfiction is the genre most likely to spur children's passion and wonder for learning.  This article discusses way to motivate children to read nonfiction.


Harvey, Stephanie. "Nonfiction Inquiry: Using Real Reading and Writing to Explore the World." Language Arts 80.1 (September 2002): 12-22.


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