Nonfiction Teacher Resources
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Nonfiction Lessons That Motivate
Incorporating nonfiction lessons into literature instruction can be interesting and engaging for all students.
Traits of Nonfiction
Here are some lesson ideas for teaching students about the traits of nonfiction text.
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. Finally, they write a brief essay that demonstrates the understanding of the author's purpose in an expository text.
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. 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.
What's Special About Nonfiction?
Students examine the difference between nonfiction and fictional writing. They identify the characteristics of nonfiction literature and examine how a nonfiction textbook organizes information.
Teach Text Features & Read Nonfiction
Elementary schoolers examine the components of reading nonfiction. They use think-alouds to help them complete reading the selected sections. They also identify text features as they read.
Fiction or Nonfiction? Considering the Common Core's Emphasis on Informational Text
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.
Connect and Apply Nonfiction Comprehension
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.
Lesson 1: Classifying Texts as Fiction or Nonfiction
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.
Determine the Central Idea of a Nonfiction Article
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.
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. They list the features of each, and then label books they have read as either fiction or nonfiction.
What's So Special About Nonfiction?
Discover the world of nonfiction literature. In this language arts lesson plan, 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.
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. With their partner, they have to determine which is which. They also complete a T-chart.
Comparing and Contrasting Fiction and Nonfiction
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.
Students explore reading nonfiction. In this nonfiction instructional activity, students practice using KWL charts to organize nonfiction information gained from reading. Students explore unfamiliar words from reading and recognize synonyms and antonyms.
Nonfiction and Fiction: Story Comprehension
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a short nonfiction passage and a short story about the same topic. Students answer 5 varied questions about the readings. There are two worksheets available here.
Prepare to Read Nonfiction
Help readers prepare to read informational texts with this 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.
Finding Excellent Nonfiction in Long-form Journalism
How to find engaging, rigorous nonfiction texts through long-form journalism.
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.
Science Connections with Nonfiction Books
Fifth graders identify and recognize various nonfiction structures and features. They identify and extract information from various access features or conventions of nonfiction books.