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Diagram It! Identifying, Comparing, and Writing About Nonfiction Texts
|Grades||K – 2|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Ten 20-minute class sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Native Americans by Jay Miller (Children’s Press, 1994)
- Native Americans by Judith Simpson, et al. (Time-Life Books, 1995)
- The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (Putnam Publishing Group, 1998)
- Sitting Bull: Dakota Boy by Augusta Stevenson (Aladdin, 1996)
- Rising Voices: Writings of Young Native Americans by Arlene Hirschfelder and Beverly Singer (Ivy Books, 1993)
- Computers with Internet access
- Chart paper
|1.||Designate a comfortable meeting area in the classroom that will seat all students for group work.
|2.||Label one piece of chart paper with the heading "Fiction" and another with the heading "Nonfiction." Copy the Venn Diagram onto another piece of chart paper. Use a fourth piece to make a three-section T-chart with the headings "Informative Books," "Biographies," and "Autobiographies."
|3.||If you choose to use the Native American theme, obtain and review copies of the following books:
If you prefer to use a different theme, you might use the Nonfiction Booklist to help find other nonfiction texts. You will need to select one book to read aloud from each of the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, informative nonfiction, biography, and autobiography.
|4.||Choose several examples of fiction books that you have read to students before. One of these should fit with the theme you have selected for the lesson.
|5.||Obtain and review a selection of texts from the Nonfiction Booklist, choosing four or five informative books, autobiographies, and biographies.
|6.||Bookmark the Interactive Venn Diagram on your classroom computers. Train at least one child to use this online tool. This could be a computer-savvy student or an older "expert" recruited from another grade level.
|7.||Decide how you will divide the class into groups of three. Make a copy of the Venn Diagram for each group.