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Show your young writers first-hand how adding personal experiences to fictional stories can make them more exciting and believable. In groups, your class will take turns adding their summer experiences to a collective fictional story, taking care to maintain fluency of characters and plot (two Common Core standards). Classes of all ages will undoubtedly enjoy what at first may seem like a very juvenile activity. Yet that's the beauty of this activity, its level will adjust to the level of your writers.
Refuse to alienate your scientific-minded students during your creative writing unit. Learners explore how literary writing can reflect observable fact, and be based in actual science. The links include examples of fiction and non-fiction writing, a fun YouTube video on the basic elements of story, and an essay on how fictional literature can be based in factual science. It all leads to greater class understanding.
Hear one author's take on what makes a compelling fictional world and how to build a story within it. A series of questions check if the kids were listening, and a compendium of six rich resources for expanding on this concept also accompanies the video. Easily add in your own commentary or an assignment with the Flip This Lesson feature, which is a simple way to customize the instructional activity and share it with your class.
Writing a non-fiction big book can help students learn about research techniques, note taking, and other skills.
Read and discuss the article "Welcome to Cicadaville (Enter at Your Own Risk)" to gain a better understanding around the confusion regarding cicadas and locust swarms. In groups your young analysts research statements about animals to determine fact from fiction. They create pages for an animal fact and poetry book. This is a great way to get kids thinking about using research material, facts, and details, to support their assertions or opinions.
Students develop a setting, plot and characters for a science fiction story based on current news themes, and then individually write drafts of the story.
Students can explore a literature genre through science fiction lesson plans.
Second graders listen to realistic fiction and analyze it for the parts that are realistic. In this realistic fiction activity, 2nd graders listen to realistic fiction and complete a graphic organizer to show the realistic parts of the book.
You can have students use science fiction elements to create a "How To" brochure that can stir the imagination.
Students can practice "The Lost Art of Imagination" when they delve into the science fiction genre.
Differentiating between fiction and non-fiction books is an important skill for young readers. The activity presented here helps them do just that by having learners work together in pairs. First, a class discussion takes place where the terms are reviewed. Then, pupils get together and compare two books that are on the same topic (cats, for example), but are of a different variety. They discuss the books together, and write down fiction or non-fiction on a sticky note and apply them to the books. A good teaching idea!
Students read books and identify elements of realistic fictions that are in their books. In this realistic fiction lesson plan, students contribute to the realistic fiction class chart.
Fifth graders explore the genre of fiction. In this language arts lesson, 5th graders discuss the characteristics of realistic fiction. Students sort selected books by genre and determine which are realistic fiction. Students record their observations of the books.
Students use interactive materials to study Rudyard Kipling's life and times. They read an illustrated version of his short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi." Students explore how Kipling effectively uses personification by mixing fact and fiction.
Students are introduced to the definition of a hero. As a class, they compare and contrast the difference between non-fictional and fictional hereos they have read about. They read a story, create a story map of one of the heroes and present the material to the class in a PowerPoint presentation.
This resource is made up of a series of reading passages with accompanying questions. On the first page, learners read the definitions of both fiction and non-fiction. They examine four short selections before writing either fiction or nonfiction on the lines beneath them. The next two activities are based on a short fiction story and a fictional poem. Following these texts, there are multiple choice and short answer comprehension worksheets.
Students analyze American essayists Mark Twain and Frederick Douglass in an introduction to American literary non-fiction writing. In this essay history lesson, students identify methods for writing essays. Students read and analyze Twain and Douglass's writing styles and evaluate the use of persuasive appeals. Students apply rhetorical strategies to complete their own essay writing projects.
As the culminating activity in a unit study of science fiction, young writers demonstrate their understanding of the genre by producing their own graphic novel. After deciding on the main elements of their story, individuals use a comic creator website to produce their original work.
Unsuspecting George McFlys are presented into the craft workings of the science fiction genre of literature. Speculations are developed through teacher-led dialogs about how science fiction impacts science, technology, and comments on contemporary culture. Readers are encouraged to pick texts that interest them for their analysis and are provided with thoughts to develop.
Sixth graders explore the components of science fiction. In this science/literacy lesson, 6th graders define and record definitions of the term on the board. Students are presented with the task of identifying a text as science fiction using the terms used to describe one. Additionally, students explore the story, A Wrinkle in Time. Students locate science fictions objects, words, characters, etc. and record their findings within their packet. Great materials attached with this lesson.