Reflection: Checks for Understanding Genre: Do you know the difference between Narrative and Informational text? - Section 2: Mini-Lesson


This particular Guide has several different components so it is important to model it step by step with students with a familiar book like a Read Aloud chapter book. First, they have to fill out basic info like name, class #, date, and title of book. Next they have to determine if their text is Narrative or Informational. If they circle Informational, students notice that Informational text is also known as Non-Fiction or Expository text. They simply need to recognize that but they would not have to do anything other than that in that section. If they circle Narrative, they have to dig deeper to decide if the Narrative text is Realistic Fiction or Fantasy and circle accordingly. Either way, the final and perhaps most important step is the final box, “How do you know?”  Providing evidence is a powerful way for students to explain their thinking and show that they have a solid understanding of the concept. Some students might turn their Guide in without having all parts completed, which I would note on their paper and return it to them to complete for a grade/feedback. 

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Genre: Do you know the difference between Narrative and Informational text?

Unit 4: Genre Unit
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT show understanding of Narrative vs. Informational text AND Realistic Fiction vs. Fantasy

Big Idea: Understanding that characters, settings, and events in a story either could happen in real life or could never happen in a million years!

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