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What is literary non-fiction?
Literary nonfiction is that branch of writing which employs literary techniques and artistic vision usually associated with fiction or poetry to report on actual persons, places, or events. Some of the titles you see images of on this page are examples of popular literary nonfiction.


external image 48855.jpgHow is it different from fiction?

While fiction is poems, short stories, novels that are entertaining with contrived plots revealed in narrative structure, literary nonfiction is that branch of writing which employs literary techniques and artistic vision usually associated with fiction or poetry to report on actual persons, places, or events.




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Structures of Literary Non-Fiction include biographies, essays, and speeches which can be entertaining and informational with varied styles and structures with mixed text using a range of author’s craft techniques




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To be entertained...
To learn information...
More memorable...
More metaphorical...
To appreciate an author’s craft...

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What stylistic features are in this text that our students should know?
How is this text structured?
What does this piece say about the author?
Why did he write it?

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Is the speaker sincere or insincere?
What evidence is there?
Is the speaker intellectual or emotional? What evidence is there?
Who was the intended audience?


external image 4979.jpgMost importantly, what does this tell you about the author's point of view, prejudices, and values?

Remember the purpose!
To help students think deeply about literary non-fiction...




(Source: University of Illinois at Chicago / 2012)