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Marlene Correia is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Bridgewater State University (BSU). She teaches literacy courses in undergraduate elementary education and in the graduate programs in reading. Prior to working at BSU, Marlene also taught pre-service teachers at Framingham State and Salve Regina University. Her K–8 experience spans 15 years, in a few districts in Massachusetts, as a classroom teacher and special educator. She also worked as a Literacy Coach and Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction for the Freetown-Lakeville Regional Public Schools. Marlene has provided professional development for teachers in-district and through presentations at various conferences including: The MA Reading Association; The International Reading Association, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Dr. Correia is the co-author of Informational Texts in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade-Three Classrooms(2016) andThe Mentor’s Handbook: Practical Suggestions for Collaborative Reflection and Analysis(2002; Rev. ed, 2008). Her original action research on the topic of children’s preferences for fiction versus nonfiction was published by NAEYC in their journal,Young Children(2011).
Marlene is involved with local and state-wide literacy organizations. She served as Conference Chairperson, and then President, of the MA Reading Association (MRA) from 2017-2018. Prior to that, she was President of the Nobscot Reading Council. She still serves on the Executive Board of MRA as well as the MA Association of College and University Reading Educators.
Marlene graduated with a BS degree in Elementary and Special Education from Salve Regina University and went on to earn her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Literacy from Lesley University. Dr. Correia completed her Ed.D. in Language Arts and Literacy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Once upon a time...children's nonfiction books were stodgy, concise, and not very kid friendly. Most were text heavy, with just a few scattered images decorating the content and meaning, rather than enhancing it. Over the last 20 years, children's nonfiction has evolved into a new breed of visually dynamic and engaging texts.
In 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children’s Books, Melissa Stewart and Dr. Marlene Correia present a new way to sort nonfiction into five major categories and show how doing so can help teachers and librarians build stronger readers and writers. Along the way, they:
Introduce the 5 kinds of nonfiction: Active, Browseable, Traditional, Expository Literature, andNarrative—and explore each category through discussions, classroom examples, and insights from leading children’s book authors
Offer tips for building strong, diverse classroom texts and library collections
Provide more than 20 activities to enhance literacy instruction
Include innovative strategies for sharing and celebrating nonfiction with students.
With more than 150 exemplary nonfiction book recommendations and Stewart and Correia’s extensive knowledge of literacy instruction, 5 Kinds of Nonfiction will elevate your understanding of nonfiction in ways that speak specifically to the info-kids in your classrooms, but will inspire all readers and writers.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion