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Writing a non-fiction big book can help students learn about research techniques, note taking, and other skills.
Young scholars develop a setting, plot and characters for a science fiction story based on current news themes, and then individually write drafts of the story.
Second graders listen to realistic fiction and analyze it for the parts that are realistic.  In this realistic fiction lesson, 2nd graders listen to realistic fiction and complete a graphic organizer to show the realistic parts of the book.
Young scholars 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 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.
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.
Do your sixth graders like science fiction? Learn to identify elements of  the science fiction genre with a literature lesson. They read from Only You Can Save Mankind and identify the objects, words, and characters from the scenarios.  Finally, they complete a worksheet to improve vocabulary and comprehension.
As scholars begin identifying stories as realistic fiction, its important they see many examples to solidify their concepts of this genre. Readers begin with a personal connection, thinking of television shows they like and determining which ones are realistic fiction. Next, model a couple of examples from the "Is This for Real?" graphic organizer which has kids read passages to determine whether or not they are realistic fiction. They underline key elements and make personal connections to each excerpt. Take this further by having them find and analyze their own excerpts from a novel they are reading (blank organizer included). This instructional activity is part of a larger unit on Jerry Spinelli's novel Maniac Magee and can be found in the beginning of a 38-page student packet. 
How does the purpose of a fiction book differ from the purpose on a non-fiction text? Model for your young readers a scenario in which each kind of book might be useful or fun to read and show examples of each genre. A list of suggested fiction and non-fiction books on the same topic is included as is an independent practice worsksheet.
Eleventh graders research how cultural change, technological advances, and social customs of the 20th century are depicted in American literature. Based on this research, they write an original work of American historical fiction.
Conduct a shared reading activity with a non-fiction animal book. Young researchers identify the various text features in informational texts, complete a graphic organizer to compare and contrast text feature purposes, and finally choose their own animal to research as a follow-up activity.
Take a trip through history with a lesson on historical fiction. With instructions for games, reading activities, and literary analysis assignments, this resource would be a great addition to any reading unit with a historical fiction novel. The lesson is designed for The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, but you could modify the instructions for any historical fiction novel.
What makes a book fiction or nonfiction? Kindergartners discover ways to find out if a book is real or made up. They examine a fictional picture book as a group and decide what clues help them decide. There is an independent worksheet included with this lesson.
First graders characterize fiction and non-fiction books, they discover the characteristics of each type of book and compare two books (one fiction & one nonfiction) about the same subject. They make a list that describes what makes one book real and one make-believe. There is a worksheet for independent practice included with this lesson.
Introduce your young readers to fiction written by women authors. For each story, they explore the way these daughters discover and claim their own identities. Individually, class members use the literature to examine their role in their own families. The lesson concludes with a reading of Alice Walker’s Everyday Use and the creation of a story quilt. The richly detailed plan includes story suggestions and finely crafted discussion questions.
Explore the elements of science fiction. Young scholars investigate the literary elements present in science fiction and write their own science fiction stories.
Learners identify the elements of science fiction literature. They write and illustrate a science fiction story using real and exaggerated science. In addition, they read their stories aloud in small groups.