Lesson Plan

How Many Features?

What’s the deal with all of those text features? Use this handy lesson plan to help your second graders answer that very question.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Nonfiction Text Features pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Nonfiction Text Features pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use and identify nonfiction text features.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Hold up a high-interest nonfiction text and a familiar fiction text for the students to see.
  • Ask students to think about how nonfiction and fiction texts differ and why. Students might say that nonfiction texts are about real-world things, they help us to learn things, find information, and explain things. Fictional texts are about imaginative things and are made up.

Beginning: Have ELs turn to a partner to repeat the definition of nonfiction and fiction, either in English or their home language (L1). If needed, provide a sentence stem. For example: "A fiction book is __________."

Intermediate: Have ELs turn to a partner to repeat the definitions of fiction and nonfiction.