Lesson Plan

Create a Nonfiction Big Book

Share the pen in this lesson on text features as you work together as a class to create a nonfiction big book. This lesson can be used alone or with the Studying Authors: Nonfiction Writing lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Studying Authors: Nonfiction Writing lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Studying Authors: Nonfiction Writing lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to write examples of nonfiction text features with grade-level words using visual and written supports.

Language

Students will be able to identify and describe text features at a sentence level and write examples using content-specific vocabulary, sentence frames, and partner support.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Display the cover of a familiar nonfiction text.
  • Call on a volunteer to share the title and the author of the book.
  • Remind students that nonfiction books tell readers facts, or real information about a topic.
  • Page through the book and think aloud, noticing different text features that will help you understand the book. Notice the table of contents, bolded words, photographs, captions, headings, and glossary.
  • Tell students that today they are going to become nonfiction authors and work together to write a nonfiction book.