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March 12, 2010

Dear LPEY Teacher,

Welcome to the new format of the Tip of the Week! In this weekly communication, we will highlight specific sections of LPEY, share answers to pertinent questions posed during workshops or sent through our email link, and outline time-saving techniques, tools, and strategies available in your materials. Hopefully, the tips will assist with an easy and efficient implementation of your LPEY resources.

Today's question hails from a "Getting Started with LPEY" introductory session and centres on the writing component of a comprehensive literacy program. Understanding the importance of non-fiction writing to student success (in all areas of the curriculum), the teachers in this workshop wondered: How does LPEY support non-fiction writing?

In LPEY, students are exposed to a variety of informational texts, both print and non-print media, during Read Alouds and Shared Reading experiences and they receive explicit teaching of these text-types in order to write them effectively. Beginning in Kindergarten, students learn that the purpose of non-fiction writing is to communicate accurate, credible information about things, events, people, constructs, concepts, and theories.

Located within the Writing Guide are the Text-type Studies for a variety of informational forms. As you can see from the chart below, the same text-types are introduced each year; however, it is the format that changes. In the Text-type Studies, students examine characteristics, organizational structures, and text features specific to a format. A class sample is created to act as a mentor for writing and then students apply their understanding by creating their own non-fiction texts.

Text-type Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3
Retell True Story Personal Account Realistic Story Account
Procedure Instructions Recipe Instructions Experiment
Description Personal Account Question and Answer Report Report
Explanation Personal Explanation—answers a question Report Information Article Question/Answer Article
Persuasive Arguments—why and why not Letter Pro/Con Arguments Persuasive Arguments

Happy teaching,
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Sue Jackson
National Literacy Consultant
Scholastic Education Canada