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Story Matters

Liz Prather

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Story Matters

By Liz Prather
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Overview
Author
Liz Prather
Edition
1st
ISBN
9780325099507
Published Date
12/09/2019
Pages
208
When we read a nonfiction text, what is the difference between one that keeps us interested and one that merely informs? Especially when the topic may be a bit, well, dry? The difference is narrative. The writer who threads a story throughout her text – using the tools of human connection, of narrative – is the writer who brings information to life. The argument she makes is compelling and real, because we care about the story within her story. This writer understands the power of narrative.

In Story Matters, Liz Prather provides activities, lessons, exercises, mentor texts, and student samples to help teens learn to seamlessly weave narrative into their nonfiction writing. She provides concrete ideas for using the tools and techniques of narrative, including:
  • finding stories within any topic
  • using characters
  • creating tension
  • exploring structure
  • selecting details
  • crafting words and sentences.
Give Liz's ideas a try and watch your students’ writing rise to new levels. Because story matters.
Table of contents
  • Ch. 1: Narrative as Home Base, Ground Zero, Mother Ship
  • Ch. 2: Ideas: Finding Stories in Topics and Topics in Stories
  • Ch. 3: Grounding Nonfiction in Human Stories
  • Ch. 4: Tension: Propelling Readers Forward in Nonfiction
  • Ch. 5: Structure: Weaving Narrative, Argument, and Information Into Seamless, Purposeful Writing
  • Ch. 6: Details: Showing and Telling in Nonfiction
  • Ch. 7: Language: Crafting Words and Sentences for Powerful Effect
  • Conclusion: In the Real World