Weaving Children’s Literature into Social Studies K–5
HOW TO USE THIS RESOURCE
H. Selecting Non-fiction
Suggested Time: 10 minutes
Care should be taken in selecting non-fiction resources. No book should ever be selected without having been evaluated by a professional teacher. Books should never be selected from a catalogue unless from a series for which you already have some examples and know them to be appropriate. Too many titles in the non-fiction area have dense text and black and white pictures. Others do not have a table of contents or an index. Others may have a too-difficult reading level for the grade for which it is intended. Following are some of the criteria to use when selecting non-fiction titles. Use Kids Book of Canadian History to illustrate the points (even though this book does not have an index).
It is important for libraries have a good supply of quality non-fiction titles to support the Inquiry process in this new curriculum. The Kids Book of Canada a prime example of the many excellent non-fiction books available for most topics. This title part of a series that is indispensable for its thoroughness, accuracy, depth, and, of course, all Canadian content. Titles currently available in this series, all of which have relevance for our curriculum, include:
This resource was developed by ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.