Lesson Plan

Studying Authors: Nonfiction Writing

Learning from others is a huge part of getting better at something, including writing! In this lesson, students will study works by nonfiction authors to enhance their own nonfiction writing.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Create a Nonfiction Big Book pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Create a Nonfiction Big Book pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to identify different techniques and features of nonfiction writing that various authors have incorporated into their writing.

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


(5 minutes)
Learning from Other Authors
  • Call students together.
  • Show students a picture. Ask them to really examine the picture. What types of things do they notice? Did they notice these at first glance or did they have to look a little deeper?
  • Ask students to think about another time they have had to really examine something. (If they need help thinking of examples, rocks, flowers, and bugs are common things that children spend a lot of time observing.)
  • Explain to students that today they will be examining different things nonfiction authors have done in their writing to make it stand out, easier to understand, and more interesting to readers.


  • Have students turn and talk to a partner about what they see in the picture. Provide a sentence frame: "I see ________ in the picture."
  • Partner EL with student who shares same home language (L1), and have them describe the picture in L1 if possible.
  • Show students a picture related to a topic that has been covered in class, and label a few things in the picture to build vocabulary.
  • Show real examples of items students may have experience examining, such as rocks or flowers.


  • Encourage students to use a sentence stem to describe the picture with a partner: "I notice ________."
  • Explain that to examine means to look closely. Demonstrate with a magnifying glass.