Lesson Plan

Nonfiction vs. Fiction: Which Style Is It?

Sorting and categorizing isn’t just for cleaning! In this fun-filled activity, students will learn how to distinguish fiction from nonfiction.
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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to identify texts as fiction or nonfiction and explain some of the text qualities associated with each type of writing.


(10 minutes)
Fiction or Nonfiction?Literature Sleuth
  • Call students together.
  • Dump out the collection of items to be sorted. Encourage students to attempt sorting them in a variety of ways. Ask them how they decided to sort the items and knew what types of items to put in each pile.
  • After students have had a chance to sort out the items, explain that today they will be sorting two types of literature, fiction and nonfiction. Just like when they sorted the miscellaneous items, they need to know the qualities that make writing go in one group or the other.