Lesson Plan

Nonfiction Story

Story Jumper
Beth M.
Media specialist/librarian
Wendover Middle School Greensburg, PA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

Conduct research on a nonfiction topic of their choice.

Read a nonfiction book and complete a two question note sheet

Properly construct a book citation. 

Transform their notes into a story about their nonfiction topic.

Create a digital story book from their research and writing using StoryJumper. 

English Language Arts
Grades 6 – 8
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Other — Display a classic picture book to the students

Teachers may select an award winning book to display to the class that you students would know. 

Teacher would ask the students what makes the book special. 

Teacher will ask the students if they have considered making their own special book. 

Teacher will inform the students that they will begin  a research project that will lead into the students making their own digital picture book.  

Student Instructions

Students will share make qualities make the book special. 

Students will respond if they ever considered making their own book. 

2 Direct Instruction

Free, Paid

Below is a link of a notebook in Evernote. 


​This allows students focus on the main ideas of the novel on one note page. On the second note page students will focus on important facts.

Student Instructions

Students will need to create an Evernote account. 

This is a free web application. 

3 Direct Instruction

Activity: Other — Library Catalog

Teacher will ask students how they can locate a nonfiction book. 

Teacher will ask students the needed steps to access the library catalog to locate a nonfiction book. 

Student Instructions

Students will answer how they can access a nonfiction book. 

Students will answer or demonstrate how locate a nonfiction book using the library catalog. 

Students will search the catalog and locate a nonfiction book of their choice. 

4 Guided practice

Free, Paid

Teacher will review examples of notes from evernote

Student Instructions

Students will work in pairs to review notes from ever note. 

Students will identify if others properly included main ideas and important facts. 

5 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Teacher will review the criteria for their picture book. 

Suggested Project Requirements

Book Cover - Name, Class Period

Images - 3 images included in book

Fact Pages - 5 fact pages

Each page must include 2 facts

Scenes - 2 different scenes must be used

Resources/Citations page- properly cite all sources used. 

Student Instructions

Students will apply the picture book guidelines and use their notes to craft a story. 

6 Wrap-Up

Teacher will show examples of stories from Storyjumper.

Student Instructions

Students will create a StoryJumper account. 

Students will apply their story to their StoryJumper. 

When finished, students will share their book with classmates.