Lesson: Non-Fiction Conventions Notebook

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Lesson Objective

Identify the features of a non-fiction text.

Lesson Plan

Note: This lesson occurs after you have taught the features of non-fiction.

Briefly review the features of non-ficiton. Explain to students that they will create a non-fiction features notebook/dictionary, to help them learn more about each non-fiction feature.

 They will use the non-fiction text in your classroom to find examples of all the features and discuss each one. 

The following is a list of all the features and their purposes. You can decide the number and order in which you will teach them each day.

  • Labels help the reader understand the small parts of a picture.
  • Photographs help the reader see what the real topic looks like.
  • Captions help the reader understand what they are looking at in a picture.
  • Comparisons help the reader compare the item to something they are already familiar with.
  • Cross Sections help the reader see what something looks like from the inside.
  • Maps help the reader know where something is located in the world.
  • Types of Print help the reader know that the word or words are important.
  • Close-Ups help the reader see what something looks like from up close.
  • Tables of Contents help the reader know how the book is organized.
  • Indexes help the reader find specific information in a book.
  • Glossaries help the reader understand the definitions of important words in the book.
Give students the non-fiction notebook documents: http://www.readinglady.com/mosaic/tools/Nonfiction%20Conventions%20Notebook.pdf

Have students complete notebook and share with a partner upon completion.


notebooks & class discussions

Lesson Resources

Non-Fiction Notebook Template
Oct06 Nonfiction features  
Nonfiction Conventions Notebook  


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