Fiction Versus Non-Fiction

posted Sep 17, 2010, 10:47 AM by Patrick Johnson
Today I showed the students 2 books. I asked them to carefully look at each cover and tell what is similar and what is different between the two books? Which book do you think is fiction and which one is non-fiction? How can you tell?

Students responded that the left one is fiction and the right one is non-fiction. They noticed that the picture on the left was not real and there were photos on the book on the right. Also that the author and illustrator were listed on the book on the left whereas the author was on listed on the book on the right.

Next we turned the pages of both of the books and students again were asked about the similarities and differences between the two books.
Students noticed that booth books had a title and listed the authors. Both books also had drawings. However the book on the left had a large picture whereas the book on the right had words and numbers. We talked about the table of contents and its purpose in non-fiction books.

Finally we turned the pages on more time:
Again students were asked to share with a partner the similarities and differences between the two pages. Students said that both books had words and pages numbers. The book on the left had characters and a setting. The book on the right had a real photo, and the words looked different. We talked about headings and sub-headings.

We compared a few more pages then students were placed in pairs. Each pair received a fiction and a non-fiction book. They went through the books and pointed and talked like I modeled with the big books. Afterwords we came to the carpet and completed a Venn diagram comparing the features of fiction and non-fiction books together.

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