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Fictional Narrative With a Twist
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.
Writing Fiction Based on Real Science - NYTimes.com
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.
Learning About Fiction Genres in the Elementary School Library
Teaching about fiction genres can be challenging. The lesson here, designed for library media specialists, offers a fun way to do it. In the lesson, learners visit the library and learn about the different types of fiction through book talks, participating in reader's theater, playing games, and visiting a "genre museum" in the library media center. By the end of the sessions, pupils will be experts on fiction genres, knowing the difference between mysteries, historical fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. A great teaching idea.
New! How to Build a Fictional World
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 lesson and share it with your class.
Making a Non-Fiction Big Book
Writing a non-fiction big book can help students learn about research techniques, note taking, and other skills.
Animal Fact or Fiction?
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.
Genre Lesson: Realistic Fiction
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 lesson 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.
Genre Lesson: Science Fiction
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.
Bringing Facts Into Science Fiction
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.
Science Fiction Lesson Plans
Students can explore a literature genre through science fiction lesson plans.
Genre study - Realistic Fiction
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.
Lessons Using the Science Fiction Genre
Students can practice "The Lost Art of Imagination" when they delve into the science fiction genre.
A "How To" Project in the Science Fiction Genre
You can have students use science fiction elements to create a "How To" brochure that can stir the imagination.
Purposes of Reading Fiction and Nonfiction
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.
Investigating Animals Through Non-Fiction Text
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.
Fiction v. Non Fiction
Differentiating between fiction and non-fiction books is an important skill for young readers. The instructional 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!
How do you that you are reading a realistic fiction story? Help your pupils discover the answer to this question by providing a series of situations for them to relate to and analyze. The lesson is meant as a build-up to Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, but could be used before a study of any realistic fiction piece. Materials are available with a free account.
Fiction or Nonfiction? Considering the Common Core's Emphasis on Informational Text
Nothing aids in comprehension more than an explanation and understanding of why things are done. Address why the Common Core requires the reading percentages that it established and analyze how this affects your readers. Learners read informational pieces concerning the CCSS and discuss what they want to read, and should read in school. They also review the anchor standards for reading literature and informational texts, and decide on how it is best balanced. Adapt this resource for the specific issues in your class, and let the understanding begin.
Creating a Science Fiction Story
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.