Nonfiction Teacher Resources
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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.
K - 1st Language Arts 19 Views 68 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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.
1st Language Arts 45 Views 95 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Nonfiction is "No Nonsense"
Have your class participate in a discussion of the nonfiction genre. Do they enjoy it? Is it boring? Then have them demonstrate the author's purpose by writing an expository text. They view various types of nonfiction and take notes on each work's organization and presentation.
6th - 8th Language Arts 25 Views 250 Downloads
Using a Title to Determine Main Idea (Nonfiction)
Young readers explore a nonfiction text for its main idea. They will listen to the book Animal Sight by Kirsten Hall, and then observe as the teacher models a main idea think-aloud. Later, for independent practice, they listen to the passage Fly, Fly Butterfly, illustrate it, and write a sentence representing the main idea.
K - 2nd Language Arts 81 Views 279 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Finding Nonfiction Features
The first lesson in a series of three lessons from Scholastic on fiction and nonfiction, this plan is designed to help young readers begin to distinguish between types of books. Learners will read many books in order to compare the features of each genre.
K - 1st Language Arts 13 Views 137 Downloads
What's So Special About Nonfiction?
Discover the world of nonfiction literature. In this language arts lesson, young learners read samples of nonfiction books, maps, magazines, and menus while analyzing the differences between fiction literature. They discuss their thoughts on nonfiction and their reading experiences in the past.
1st - 3rd Language Arts 9 Views 154 Downloads
Comparing and Contrasting Fiction and Nonfiction
The last instructional activity in a series of three lessons, this plan is designed to have young readers further explore fiction and nonfiction books. They will compare and contrast the characteristics of each genre using a Venn Diagram to organize the information they gathered from an activity in a pervious instructional activity.
K - 1st Language Arts 28 Views 212 Downloads
Mixed Bags: Fiction and Nonfiction
The second in a series of three lessons from Scholastic comparing and contrasting fiction and nonfiction, this activity requires learners to read, write, and compare two books independently. After briefly reviewing the features of nonfiction, each pair of pupils receives a book bag containing one fiction and one nonfiction book.
K - 1st Language Arts 15 Views 57 Downloads
Prepare to Read Nonfiction
Help readers prepare to read informational texts with this instructional activity from Scholastic. They will practice nonfiction comprehension strategies such as activating prior knowledge and asking questions. Additionally, they will complete the K and W portions of a classroom KWL chart about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and review the meanings of several unknown words as pre-reading comprehension strategies.
K - 3rd Language Arts 20 Views 184 Downloads
Annotation and Analysis of Author's Purpose
Model for readers how to identify an author’s purpose in a nonfiction text. Using a document camera, conduct a close reading and annotate a passage from N. Scott Momaday’s, “Riding is an Exercise of the Mind.” Groups then read and annotate the rest of the passage.
6th - 10th Language Arts 272 Views 575 Downloads CCSS: Designed
How to Summarize a Non-Fiction Passage
After reading a text, one way to find out how much your class comprehended is to ask your pupils to summarize. This worksheet helps class members prepare for writing a summary of a nonfiction text. They note down the topic, up to eight key words, four important facts or idea, and the main idea.
3rd - 8th Language Arts 68 Views 50 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Genre Lesson: Autobiography
Start kids thinking about point of view and autobiographies by telling them a short story about your morning (first person), and then asking a volunteer to re-tell the story to you (second person). There are tips to help you tie this anticipatory activity into the nonfiction genre, and kids explore six types of autobiographies using a graphic organizer.
4th - 6th Language Arts 31 Views 98 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Close Reading of Waiting for the Biblioburro: Finding the Main Message and Taking Notes
Expose your class to Waiting for the Biblioburro, narrative nonfiction that will act as the bridge between ficiton and informational texts to come. Class members do a close reading of the text, looking at excerpts instead of the whole text to make it more manageable.
3rd Language Arts 38 Views 65 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Identifying Information in Nonfiction
Second graders investigate information in non-fiction texts. They review the features of a non-fiction text and read the book Nature's Food Chains: What Polar Animals Eat. Pupils discuss the text features and write down one fact they learned from a photo or diagram in the book.
2nd Language Arts 16 Views 57 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Characteristics of Nonfiction
The second instructional activity in a series from ReadWorks.org, this instructional activity continues to explore the difference between fiction and nonfiction texts. The instructional activity opens with the teacher reviewing a class Venn diagram started in the last instructional activity.
1st - 2nd Language Arts 5 Views 43 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Summarizing Biographical Nonfiction
Learn about famous African Americans in this short activity. First, learners read a nonfiction article, either in class or in the computer lab, then they fill out a graphic organizer involving the 5-Ws, and finally, they summarize what they read.
4th Language Arts 3 Views 13 Downloads
Explore text structure in a nonfiction guided reading lesson where readers, over a period of five days, examine the book Mount Everest. Individuals mark examples of nonfiction text structures with Post-it notes, define important vocabulary, take notes on the material, and share how a particular nonfiction text feature helped them to comprehend the text.
7th - 9th Science 22 Views 187 Downloads
Lesson Plan 2: What is a Novel, Anyway?
What makes a novel? Budding authors find inspiration in books they have read, discussing features of fiction and nonfiction. They come up with a list of novels they know of, have read, or have seen as movies. Using a worksheet (not included, but easily found online), learners unpack a novel they choose through short-answer questions.
6th - 9th Language Arts 5 Views 24 Downloads