Explore the differences between fiction and non-fiction with our Types of Books Lesson Plan. This visually engaging lesson prepares students to define fiction/non-fiction, identify differences between the two types of books, and give examples of genres. Stimulate and develop reading comprehension as students read passages to identify the genre.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:
- Read a short passage from a fiction book. It should be obvious the story is untrue.
- Read a passage from a non-fiction book. Also, obvious it is a true story.
- Ask students: What is the difference between the two passages? (Reread the passages if necessary.)
- Allow for responses and discussion. Some responses may be true, untrue, false, etc. Lead the discussion to fiction and non-fiction. (It may be helpful to use a mnemonic device to help them remember the difference, such as fiction and false begins with the letter “f”, and the prefix “non” means not.)
- Distribute the Types of Books content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use additional examples if necessary to enhance student understanding. Save the last question for the closing of the lesson, but tell students to think about a response.
- Distribute the Activity page. Review the instructions. (There are five extra spaces for additional optional genres not listed.)
- Begin reading aloud a passage from each of the genres (prechosen books) shown on the Activity page. Be sure to tell the class the book number you are reading. They will place an “X” next to the correct genre and guess if it as fiction or non-fiction.
- Once all ten (or 15) passages have been read and the students have identified each genre, check and review the students’ responses. Allow students to share their answers as well as tell why they chose the particular genre. (Remember, some books may fall under more than one category.)
- Distribute the Practice page. Allow time to complete the work, then check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ work.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.5 (No CCSS for 2 and 3)
Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class session
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