For your responsive text set you are asked to find both fictional and informational texts. Please note that this page outlines the method for finding fictional and informational books, but your required fiction and informational texts do not necessarily have to be books!
In the Teaching Materials Center, elementary children's books are located in two main sections: TMC Easy and TMC Nonfiction. To see more detailed information on either the fiction or nonfiction section, select a link below to be auto-scrolled to that section of this page.
The TMC Easy section is for fiction picture books generally fewer than 32 pages that may exhibit scientific topics or principles. These books are organized by author's last name. When looking for books on a theme or topic in this section they are not all located next to each other on the shelf, so it is easiest to search for them online.
To search for TMC Easy Books:
The TMC Nonfiction section contained informational, nonfiction children's and young adult books which are organized by subject using the Dewey Decimal System. Be careful though, graphic novels, fairytales, folklore, and nursery rhymes are ALSO in this section and may not count as an informative text.
|Call Number Locations||Subject|
|TMC 000–099||General Works|
|TMC 100–199||Philosophy & Psychology|
|TMC 300–399||Social Sciences|
|TMC 500–599||Natural Sciences & Mathematics|
|TMC 600–699||Applied Sciences & Technology|
|TMC 700–799||Arts & Recreation|
|TMC 800–899||Literature & Rhetoric|
|TMC 900–999||History, Biography, & Geography|
While you can browse in-person, you can also search for books online using the catalog, to get a better idea of where specific materials are on your topic.
To search for TMC Nonfiction Books:
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