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Diagram It! Identifying, Comparing, and Writing About Nonfiction Texts

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Ten 20-minute class sessions
Lesson Author

Bethany L.W. Hankinson

Walhonding, Ohio


International Literacy Association



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This lesson introduces second-grade students to different types of nonfiction writing. Students explore a variety of nonfiction books and compare them to fiction. Students also learn about different categories of nonfiction writing and practice identifying books that fall into these categories. Peer interaction, hands-on experiences with nonfiction books, and the use of graphic organizers facilitate student understanding of the texts. Students record their thinking and new learning and discuss them as a class.

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Interactive Venn Diagram: Students can use this interactive to compare and contrast fiction and nonfiction genres.

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Palmer, R.G., & Stewart, R.A. (2003). Nonfiction trade book use in primary grades. The Reading Teacher, 57(1), 3848.

  • Too often, young children are exposed only to fiction writing in the primary years.

  • Nonfiction can play an important role in the primary classroom. The texts should include broad topical coverage to meet individual interests and curriculum needs.

  • Teachers should encourage independent work with age-appropriate nonfiction texts.

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