High School Non Fiction Teacher Resources
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Hidden Stories: A Three-Part Lesson in African-American History, Research, and Children’s Literature
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.
Figures of Speech: A Midsummer Night's Dream
High school readers analyze figures of speech in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with support from a two-page worksheet. They respond to four multi-step questions regarding the use of metaphors, similes, hyperbole, and irony in the play.
Students trace the rites of passage from the 1940's through the present in literature. They review some of their favorite expressions first and compare some of Holden's speech with their own. They discuss initial reactions to the book and the similarities or differences between Holden and self?
Real Life Challenge: An Evening of Fresh Voices
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.
Berlioz the Bear
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.
Ethics Issues From Science Fiction
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.
"Night": A Study in Compassion and Courage
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".
You and the Military
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.
Fiction and Nonfiction
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.
Bud, Not Buddy Theme and Anticipation/Reaction Guide
For this comprehension worksheet for Bud, Not Buddy, students review the concept of theme, then answer 5 questions about the story with regards to theme.
The Paths of Literature: The Family Today
Use the internet to research the differences between families in the past and today. In groups, they identify the reponsibilities and roles of each member of the family. As a class, they compare and contrast non-fiction and fiction and read various excerpts of literature to identify the setting, characters, plot and theme. To end the lesson, they take a survey for their teacher's eyes only about the structure of their family.
West Nile Virus-What is the Risk?
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.
Literature Study Guide -
Guide your class through Upton Sinclair's The Jungle with this reading activity. A reading schedule, literature question page, and supplementary list of literary activities makes this book report form a great addition to your junior high or high school class. The activity would work in any class setting, not just homeschool.
Literature Study Guide - Moby Dick
Complete with a reading schedule, literature question page, and supplementary list of literary activities, this book report form on Moby Dick would be an good resource for your junior high or high school class. The guide includes resources for online reading. The rest of the lesson is not specific to the novel, and can be used with any book or story. Also, the activity would work in any class setting, not just homeschool.
Literature Study Guide - Cyrano De Bergerac
With a reading schedule, literature question page, and supplementary list of literary activities, this book report form would be an excellent addition to your junior high or high school class. The activities in the lesson lend well to class assignments or an individual report, depending on skill level. The lesson is designed for homeschool, but would be fine in any class setting. Though it mentions Cyrano De Bergerac, the format is not novel-specific.
Literature Study Guide - Return of the King
With several activities such as a reading schedule, literature question page, and supplementary list of literary projects, this novel activity would be an excellent addition to your junior high or high school class. Use the activities for any novel, as only the list of online resources is specific to Tolkien's Return of the King. Additionally, the lesson is designed for homeschool, but would be fine in any class setting.
Literature Study Guide: Alice in Wonderland
Designed for homeschoolers (but equally as effective for independent learners), this worksheet focuses on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Middle and high school readers summarize, define vocabulary, and answer questions about the chapters they have read. The worksheet includes several literary activities to extend learning. It also includes several online resources for the novel, though the rest of the activities are not specific to the book.
Determining the meaning of a word based on context clues or marking how the meaning of a term evolves in the course of a document can be a challenge in more complex text. Give your pupils an opportunity to practice this skill with a series of exercises that are based on an article from the Indiana Law Journal and an essay entitled “Find Water for Survival in Extreme Cold.” Learners could use the provided quiz as a close reading exercise or as a group activity.
Create a One Dimensional Insect
Little artists explore the shapes and nature of insects. They construct one-dimensional insects out of paper and read both fiction and non-fiction books that describe insect life. Note: The lesson is lacking in procedure but is a good learning idea.
Different Types of Writing
What type of writing is this? Learners read a brief introduction to various types of text: instructions, explanations, poems, folk tales, novels, informative, and arguments. The introduction doesn't explain these, so consider going over them first. Pupils read 10 sentence fragments to determine which type is represented by each. They choose one of the fiction extracts and expand upon it in a finished paragraph. Consider using this idea as a creative writing prompt: scholars close their eyes and point to a sentence in a book which they use as their first sentence.