Lesson Plan Formatting Nonfiction Text Need extra help for EL students? Try the Understand Text Features pre-lesson. Learning Objectives
Students will be able identify and describe text features in a nonfiction text.
Introduction (10 minutes)
Have students discuss in partners or small groups how the organization of information in the following three kinds of texts differs:
narrative/story, instructions, and nonfiction. Give a hint to get them started, if necessary, by telling one of the three structures.
Share out ideas as a class and discuss.
Point out that narratives have a beginning, middle, and end; instructions follow a series of ordered steps (often numbered); and nonfiction is organized by topics divided into subtopics.
Give students the opportunity to use their home language (L1) or new language (L2) to describe how the kinds of texts differ.
Provide sentence starters for their description sentences.
Provide the following sentences frame for the discussion: "In a ________ text, the information is organized ________."