Lesson: Realistic Fiction

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Lesson Objective

SWBAT identify features of realistic ficton

Lesson Plan



State Standard:

5.LT-G.2. Identify and analyze the characteristics of various genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short story, dramatic literature) as forms with distinct characteristics and purposes.



Students will be able to identify realistic fiction.


Do Now

In your reader’s notebook define fiction? Based on your definition of fiction what is realistic fiction?



What would we expect to see in a realistic fiction text?  How do you know a story is realistic fiction and not purely fiction?

Direct Instruction

Tell students that realistic fiction is writing that is make-believe but the characters, plot and setting are based on real-life.  Tell students that people often mistake realistic fictions for biographies or autobiographies because they think the story is real. 


We can often relate to the characters in realistic fiction because we have experienced something similar in our own life. The events we usually see in realistic fiction are about bullying, friendship, overcoming challenges, etc.


Guided Practice

Show students a variety of non-fiction text (autobiographies, biographies) and realistic fiction text. Ask them to compare and contrast the text. What do they notice? Point out aspect of the realistic fiction text that make it fiction.


Independent Practice

Then have students select one of the realistic fiction books and think about how the story is similar to their own experience. Make a two column chart labeled Real Events and Realistic Events.  In the first column place real events from their own life (ex. dealing with bullying)  In the realistic column have students discuss events described in the story they chose. 


Discuss the importance of being able to determine realistic fiction from non-fiction? Share two-column charts.



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