Nonfiction Teacher Resources
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Here are some lesson ideas for teaching students about the traits of nonfiction text.
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. Finally, they write a brief essay that demonstrates the understanding of the author's purpose in an expository text.
Students explore how nonfiction relates to their own lives, other texts, family, friends, or world issues. They read the selected text and share a personal experience. Students compose their own nonfiction story.
Students examine the difference between nonfiction and fictional writing. They identify the characteristics of nonfiction literature and examine how a nonfiction textbook organizes information.
First graders characterize fiction and non-fiction books, they discover the characteristics of each type of book and compare two books (one fiction & one nonfiction) about the same subject. They make a list that describes what makes one book real and one make-believe. There is a worksheet for independent practice included with this lesson.
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. They list the features of each, and then label books they have read as either fiction or 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.
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. With their partner, they have to determine which is which. They also complete a T-chart.
The last lesson 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 lesson. They should complete this Venn Diagram individually, then share with a partner and finally with the whole class.
Fifth graders review the characteristics of a nonfiction text. In this language arts lesson, 5th graders understand that one can use a specific graphic organizer to help them in understanding an organizational structure. For example, in understanding chronological order one would use a time line, while for logical order one would use a cycle of events.
Learners explore reading nonfiction. In this nonfiction lesson, students practice using KWL charts to organize nonfiction information gained from reading. Learners explore unfamiliar words from reading and recognize synonyms and antonyms.
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.
Students differentiate fictional text from nonfiction. In this lesson on the literature genres, students read a selection of both fiction and nonfiction books and decide which category each book falls into.
Third graders explore the arrangement of nonfiction. For this library skills lesson, 3rd graders examine Dewey Decimal classification as they collaborate to locate nonfiction materials in the library/media center.
Third graders complete a worksheet about nonfiction books. For this nonfiction books lesson plan, 3rd graders review the elements of nonfiction books, look through books, and fill out a worksheet.
ï»¿Students find the difference between fiction and nonfiction. In this fiction/nonfiction lesson, 1st graders read the story Johnny Appleseed and discuss what makes this a nonfiction story. They listen to a fiction story and see what parts of it are fantasy.
This library media PowerPoint introduces the system of nonfiction call numbers. Each slide includes information on what numbers go with each subject, along with colorful illustrations.
Learn about famous African Americans in this short instructional 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. While just a basic instructional activity, this series of activities comes with templates and resource links that could provide a richer experience.
Eighth graders participate in a teacher led lesson that focuses on reading nonfiction and test taking strategies. They examine the use of context clues to improve their vocabulary and summarization skills. Also, they complete the associated worksheet.
Eighth graders examine a nonfiction selection in a teacher led lesson. They examine the author's purpose for writing the selection and identify the difference between fact and opinion. The compare and contrast expository and narrative text, use context clues to decode vocabulary, and investigate inferences. Finally, they complete a worksheet.