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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.
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.
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.
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. Finally, they share their responses with the class, identifying patterns they see in the imagery and diction of the passage that signal the author’s purpose. The excerpt, worksheets, and a link to additional assessments are all included in the detailed packet.
Nothing aids in comprehension more than an explanation and understanding of why things are done. Address why the Common Core requires the reading percentages that it established and analyze how this affects your readers. Learners read informational pieces concerning the CCSS and discuss what they want to read, and should read in school. They also review the anchor standards for reading literature and informational texts, and decide on how it is best balanced. Adapt this resource for the specific issues in your class, and let the understanding begin.
Here's a short video that models how to determine the central idea of a nonfiction article. Using John Moir's Smithsonian article, "The Little Owls that Live Underground," viewers follow along as sections of the text that illustrate key points, which are highlighted. Part of a series of videos that focus on nonfiction reading comprehension skills, the resource can be used alone as well.
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.
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.
Fifth graders select, read, and compare and contrast a fiction and nonfiction book. They identify the genre of fiction or nonfiction book on a genre list form, then read the two books. Next, they complete a compare/contrast chart, and write the keywords that describe the plot, characters, and settings from the two books.
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. They should complete this Venn Diagram individually, then share with a partner and finally with the whole class.
Identify the characteristics of fiction and nonfiction with this language arts lesson. After reading the poem "Violin Recital" and the informational article "A Box Full of Sound," sixth graders work on analyzing the two written works. They complete a fiction/nonfiction characteristic checklist after reading both texts, and fill in two charts that compare and contrast the two passages.