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Identifying Differences Between Fiction and Nonfiction Books


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This lesson reviews the differences between fiction and nonfiction books. Students will:

  • ·identify components of fiction and nonfiction text.
  • ·distinguish fiction from nonfiction.

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  • How do we think while reading in order to understand and respond?


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40 minutes–1 hour, 20 minutes/1–2 class periods

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Note: Other examples of fiction and nonfiction books that are at the reading levels of the students in your class and of interest to the students may be substituted for the suggested resources. Be sure to have some literary nonfiction books included, such as biographies, memoirs, etc.

  • two pieces of chart paper posted on the chalkboard. One page should have “Fiction” written at the top, and the other page should have “Nonfiction” written at the top.
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  • Lost In The Woods by Carl. R. Sams. (A Stranger In The Woods, or First Snow In The Woods, all by the same author, would also work.)
  • Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff. (Owen and Mzee: Language of Friendship or Owen and Mzee: Best Friends by the same author would also work.)

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  • several magazine articles and short stories copied onto paper with no illustrations or photographs (be sure to include copyright information on the backside).

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