Non-fiction

As you can probably guess by the name, non fiction is pure fact.  These books are written to teach readers.  Some elements used in nonfiction writing are:

-A Table of Contents

-A Glossary

-Footnotes

– An Index

-Qoutes

-Diagrams and Charts

-Pictures and Photographs

-Captions

-Headings

-Subheadings

Nonfiction writing can be challenging because it is hard to keep the reader interested in the topic and becasue it is hard to make sure the reader understands what they are reading about and cares about the subject.

A good way to keep your reader interested is by adding in juicy details- facts that are funny or weird, or jokes about facts.  This helps the reader pay attention and even remember what they learned.  Here are some examples of juicy details:

 

1)”Cauliflower is cabbage with a college education.”

-Mark Twain

 

2)The largest rodent in the world, the capybara, lives in the Amazon rainforest.  It looks like a giant, tail-less overgrown chipmunk the size of an adult golden retriever.

 

3)During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, being related to landlords or listening to foreign radio channels could be enough to make you ‘a black whelp’ and have the Red Guards beat you until you confess.

 

4)When Marie Antoinette’s mother, the Empress, was giving birth to her,  she asked to get the dentist because she wanted to have a tooth pulled out at the same time- she wanted to go through the pain only once.