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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.
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.
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.
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.
Middle schoolers determine the importance of information in a nonfiction text. They examine a biography of Jimmy Carter using highlighters or sticky notes to identify key points. Then they summarize the selection. In the fluency section, they conduct repeated one-minute readings of a portion of the text. Additionally, they investigate the -ck spelling pattern.
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.
Do you ride a bike? Explore maintenance and safety with the book Caring for Bicycles. This instructional resource walks young ones through the steps of checking a bicycle. As this is a nonfiction text, features such as diagrams, charts, and captions can be introduced. Discussion questions and vocabulary words are listed along with a writing prompt that encourages learners to make a personal connection with the text.
Learners research the western movement in order to learn note taking strategies with nonfiction texts. They use the Internet to search for important information about the western movement using the Cornell Notes note-taking system. They will use Cornell Notes and handouts included to answer research questions. In the end, they share what they have learned with their classmates through a summary of the text.
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.