High School Non Fiction Teacher Resources

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What do your fifth graders know about types of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry? Find out as they fill out this questionnaire that requires them to list authors and texts that exemplify each genre. Not only will you be able to assess what they know, you'll be able to get an idea of what they like to read.
Students analyze ethics issues as they read science fiction works. In this science and ethics lesson, students read science fiction short stories of their choosing, investigate the ethics issues raised in the stories, and present dramatic presentations to their classmates. Students discuss the implications of the ethics issues presented in class.

Human Migration

3rd - 5th
Learners explore human migration, refugees and human rights. They read articles about immigration, create a migration journal, and participate in a mock human rights commission meeting. After collecting information about immigration, students write articles and create a newsletter about human rights, immigration, and possible solutions to immigration issues.
Young scholars participate in a poetry and prose reading of their original work.  In this creative writing lesson, students write poems, fiction, and non-fiction to present in an individual performance.  Young scholars work in groups to prepare a coffee house style public reading.
Young children read the story, Berlioz the Bear and complete various reading and writing activities. They learn about fiction and non-fiction, and complete graphing and writing activities for the story. Youngsters draw the bear and use different types of artistic techniques to illustrate their favorite part of the story.
Take a trip to the stars with this lesson, which is based on four stories about space exploration ("The Adventures of Sojourner: The Mission to Mars that Thrilled the World," "Franklin R. Chang-Diaz," "Beneath Blue Winters," and "Out There"). Not only will your class enjoy the exciting tales of astronomy, they will be able to practice their listening and speaking skills as well as reading and writing. The lesson is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
Your emerging readers know not to judge a book by its cover, but they can categorize these titles into either fiction or nonfiction. There are four book covers pictured here, and scholars record the titles under the corresponding text type. There are a few introductory sentences explaining the difference, however you will want to review this with the class ahead of time. Challenge them to explain their reasoning.
Seventh graders research the six European "postage stamp" (small) countries and research interesting facts about them. In groups, they are assigned to one of the six countries of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican City. On poster board, 7th graders create a postage stamp for their country.
Begin with an online pre-quiz about West Nile Virus. Using a fictional scenario, young epidemiologists read how it is transmitted and examine the stages of the life cycle of a mosquito. They imagine that they are members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, formulating plans for identifying infected persons and how to contain the spread of the virus. The 35-page lesson plan provides beneficial background information, worksheets, resource links, answer keys to ensure success at teaching this mini-unit to your biology masters.
Young readers analyze non-fiction books for features that help them to predict the book's usefulness as a resource tool. They consider such features as: bold print, table of contents, illustrations and headings.
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a culminating activity, group members combine what they have learned in their research and readings to create their own piece of children's literature based on African-American history.
Students read the novel, "Night" by Elie Wiesel. Using excerpts from the novel, they complete a performance and literary technique objective. In groups, they finish handouts to give them more information on the Holocaust. They compare and contrast fiction and non-fiction writings and discuss the negativity found in "Night".
Do military recruiters plan to visit your campus? If so, the visit presents an opportunity for class members to engage in a series of action projects. Class members interview recruiters, propose a PTA meeting to discuss the pros and cons of military recruitment of high school students, write essays on why they would or would not consider joining the military, conduct Internet research, and read war literature. Carefully consider your community before using this plan. Although an attempt is made to present a balanced view, the preponderance of literature suggested is anti-military.
In this characterization worksheet, young scholars identify 7 characters from George Orwell's Animal Farm as they expose each as a main or subordinate character, reveal the character's motivation and main conflict, and note how the character and his motivations have affected the plot.
In this allegory worksheet, students examine the subgenre of allegory as they read a brief description of it and complete a graphic organizer with their observations of the use of allegory in George Orwell's Animal Farm.
Students study the procedures for writing a fiction or nonfiction book or a magazine. They choose a topic they are interested in and then plan and write either a book or a magazine about that topic.
Students read a science fiction story and respond to questions as a two-day homework assignment. The class is divided into cooperative learning groups which are given tasks based on the story. The entire class views the results of each group.

Fiction with Bayo Ojikutu

11th - Higher Ed
Young scholars use the lesson plan packet with contributions by author Bayo Ojikutu to advanced their own writing past their limited perspectives. In this writing skills lesson, students read and practice the writing exercises to develop their writing beyond their own particular vantage point to create quality fiction writing.
The story of King Arthur is a fascinating one, and this retold excerpt offers an excellent example of narrative word choice in a dialogue. Learners read the text and examine the way the author uses synonyms for said. They write down all the words she used instead, then come up with some of their own. Readers also examine text features, examining the blurb from a book's back cover. Using a fiction book they are familiar with, they create their own back cover. Encourage creativity by asking for images and color as well as the text blurb.
Boris is the smartest baby around! Beginning readers can use this short story excerpt to practice reading comprehension and fiction elements. They read the story and then discuss what they think he will do next. Scholars create an illustration of the story, then write a sentence or two about Boris. They also examine the story to find the author's name and write it down. You should get some funny responses on this one, so make sure you have some time to let writers share.