Chapter 1: Discovering, Questioning, Talking and Imagining: Writing NonFiction

1.5 Coming Full Circle

As I picture my colleagues in their classrooms now, this is what I envision: a teacher has brought something to school to share with her class of first graders. It’s an arrowhead she found when a dead tree was uprooted in a storm. Conversation erupts as students examine the object.

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“What’s that?” 


“Let me see.” 

“Where’d you find that?” 

“Is it sharp?”  

“Who made that?  An Indian?” 

“Can I touch it?”  

“Well, you know what?” the teacher asks as there is a lull in the talk. “I couldn’t find a good book about arrowheads. I think I might just have to write one.”



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