Lesson Plan

Understanding Nonfiction

Nonfiction for the Tween audience
Tereasa G.
Classroom teacher
Brentwood Middle School (Brentwood, MO)
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My Grades 7
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

  • Understand the difference between fiction and nonfiction
  • Explain the different aspects of nonfiction writing
  • Use main ideas, facts, and details to write nonfiction for a specific audience
English Language Arts
Grades 7
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1 Hook

Students will watch the Flocabulary video: Fiction vs. Nonfiction, which describes and outlines the differences between fiction and nonfiction. They will be expected to take notes on the video as well. 

2 Direct Instruction

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Students will be put into pairs and asked to take notes and discuss the elements of nonfiction. This discussion will begin as a teacher-led discussion, but then it will branch into a group discussion. They will write  notes and brainstorm ideas within their Google account under Google docs. They will also research some current even issues that they would like to learn more about for future use. 

3 Guided Practice

Students will watch the latest episode of CNN student news, a current events news report written and directed for the tween-teen aged student. They will analyze the broadcast, paying close attention to which specific nonfiction articles were shared in the video.  

4 Independent Practice

In their pairs from the direct instruction, students will research a current event that they think would be of interest to their peers (tweens). They will thoroughly research this issue through Tween Tribune, HuffPost Teen, Your Commonwealth, PBS Newshour Extra, and The Learning Network. Once they have gathered enough information on their current event, they will create a 30 second- 1 minute video presentation on Animoto, which shares information about their issue following the nonfiction format. 

5 Wrap-up

Activity: Presenting

Students will share their Animoto presentations with the rest of the class. They will also provide feedback after viewing their classmates' presentations.