Nonfiction Teacher Resources
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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 English Language Arts 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 English Language Arts
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 English Language Arts 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 English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Analysis Frame: Informational Nonfiction
Picking apart an informational text can be tricky, but having the right questions to ask can certainly help the process. Begin with the basic questions about the topic, main idea, support, and purpose before moving on the the in-depth questions relating to form and organization, author's purpose, writer's craft, and student evaluation of the text.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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 English Language Arts
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 English Language Arts
Prepare to Read Nonfiction
Help readers prepare to read informational texts with this lesson 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 English Language Arts
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 English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Characteristics of Nonfiction
The second lesson in a series from ReadWorks.org, this lesson continues to explore the difference between fiction and nonfiction texts. The lesson opens with the teacher reviewing a class Venn diagram started in the last lesson. Together, the teacher and the class look through several more nonfiction texts, such as In the Wild: Leopards by Stephanie St.
1st - 2nd English Language Arts 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 English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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 English Language Arts
Using Text Features
Investigate a "table of contents" with your students! They read the table of contents in Deserts by Darlene R. Stille and predict where the answers to specific questions might be found. Learners complete a worksheet in which they find answers to questions and record the page number on which the answer can be located.
2nd - 3rd Science CCSS: Designed
Summarizing Biographical Nonfiction
Learn about famous African Americans in this short lesson. 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 English Language Arts
Nonfiction Text Format vs. A Nonfiction Poetry Format
Focus on central ideas and supporting details by asking your class members to create very condensed versions of articles. Provide a selection of articles for learners to read. After they have completed this work, their job is to mark the most important information and then cut out those lines in order to compose a poem.
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Discussing Nonfiction and Fiction Text Features
Scholars compare and contrast nonfiction and fiction text features. They define and identify nonfiction text features such as glossary, table of contents, charts, bold words, and headings. Then they read nonfiction independently to orally share the text feature they found helpful.
2nd - 4th English Language Arts
Locate Key Information in Nonfiction Text
Interpret nonfiction text with your class. Readers use key information found in nonfiction text to answer questions and problem solve. They utilize the chapter headings, diagrams, glossary, maps, and captions as well as the table of contents to develop a better understanding of this type of text and its organization.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts