Lesson: Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify if their book is fiction or non-fiction and write a sentence that supports their evidence.

Lesson Plan

Do-Now(1:45-1:53):Write down the name of one of your favorite books.  Write some characteristics of why you liked that book.

Word Study (1:53-2:03):  Share out:  What do you do when you find a word that you don’t know.   Today I am going to teach you a strategy of what you can do when you don’t know the meaning of a word.  For example, read a sentence out of a Wrinkle in Time.  I don’t know the meaning of the word ________________,. I am going to read the line before this word and the word after.  When I am taking time to read the word before and after I am prompting my brain to think of some possible meanings about the word. 

 Reading Mini-Lesson:

Connection (2:05-2:08):  This afternoon in your do-now you wrote down you favorite book.  I asked you to list some of the characteristics of your favorite books.  When someone asks me to think of my favorite book I always think of 2 different types of books, I think of my favorite fiction book and then I think of my favorite non-fiction book.  The reason why I think of 2 different genres is because fiction and non-fiction are so different, that I really have a favorite for each of these categories.  Today we are going to learn about why it is important to know the difference and characteristics of fiction and non-fiction text.


Teaching Point(2:08-2:15):  Good readers identify  whether a text is fiction or non-fiction by knowing the characteristics that help them identify the difference between each genre. 

Teach/Model:  Teach Genre. Teach elements of fiction:  characters, setting, plot, problem, solution,:  Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Poetry,

Teach elements of Non-fiction:  facts, real, true, many different types: biographies, autobiographies, dictionaries, atlases

Model:  when I think of my favorite book I think my favorite book is fiction or non-fiction because… write out. 


Active Engagement(2:15-2:17):  Turn and talk to your partner about some books that you have read that are fiction and books that you have read that are non-fiction. 


Independent Work(2:17-2:37):  students will write a sentence that states whether their favorite book was fiction or non-fiction and the evidence that supports this statement.  Then, Students will read for 20 minutes.


Writing Lesson:

2:40:  Take out your Writer’s Notebooks at the top of the page write the date, generating underneath when you are ready make sure you put your hands folded on your paper.


Writing Mini-Lesson:

Connection(2:40-2:42):  There is nothing better than to write about something that is really important to you, or something that is true to your heart.  Sometimes when I am given a prompt and someone tells me what I “have” to write, I find it so difficult, and quite frankly, I don’t care so much about writing anything that great.  That is what great about Writer’s Workshop you can write what means s a lot to you.


Teach Model(2:42-2:52):  Good Writer’s think about important people in their life and moments they had with those people.  I am going to make a list of people that are important to me and moments I had with those people.  Model making the list.  And adding moments or memory and talk out those moments or memories.  Then I am going to make chose a moment from my list and I am going to write down everything I can remember about that moment.


If I finish before the writing time is up I am going to chose another moment and write about that moment in my notebook.  Skip a line to start a new story.


Active Engagement(2:52-2:55):  Turn and talk to your friend about a memory you had with someone important in your life that you would like to write about.


Independent Writing(2:55-3:15): 


Share:  Students share out some of their writing from the day(3:15-3:17)





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