Purposes of Nonfictional Writing To inform To express an opinion To persuade To entertain
Types of Nonfictional Work Autobiography—story of a person’s life written by that person Examples: journals, diaries, memoirs
Types of Nonfictional Work Biography—story of a person’s life written by a third party Person who writes these types of works are called biographers QUESTION: how might biographies differ from autobiographies?
Types of Nonfictional Work Essays—a brief composition that offers an opinion or insight on a topic Formal and Informal
Types of Nonfictional Work True Life Adventures—accounts of actual heroic deeds or adventures
Types of Nonfictional Work Informative Articles—presents factual information about a subject
Tips for reading nonfiction Always be aware of the point of view! ALWAYS be aware of the writer’s purpose Distinguish FACT from OPINION Consider the writer’s tone. Is it sarcastic? Is it amusing? Need to know this to understand the piece.