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5 Ways to Teach Fiction & Nonfiction Texts


Fiction and nonfiction texts often confuse our learners! Especially if they come from an ESL background.

***Scroll down to the end of the first point to download the FREE mat!***

Today, I will share 5 free resources to help you add to your list of resources to teach all about fiction and nonfiction text features. It’s important to choose appropriate mentor texts – but it’s also equally important to choose a way in which you can ‘get’ to your students. Even if it does involve standing upside down sometimes! ūüėõ

  1. This idea is from The Sea of Knowledge – use a dry erase mat to get students working in groups with two texts they already know or have read. In this example I used a nonfiction title about wild animals and a fictional text about hiccups.




The students read the texts first as a group / whole class. Then print and hand out a copy of this mat – it’s engaging and it helps the students identify key points from the books to help them classify the information.



The students will love the dry erase mat. Alternatively, there’s a B&W version of this mat which you could hand out to the kids individually.

Click HERE or on the image below to download the file!


2. Fiction and nonfiction anchor chart and a book comparison freebie: head over to A Place Called Kindergarten to see an awesome anchor chart and

(3) Related to above – download some information graphics and book comparison printables.

4. Discussion question cards for fiction and nonfiction titles: this free download adds another element to your instruction fiction and nonfiction texts – discussion and analysis. Without properly understanding the elements in the texts, students won’t be able to differentiate texts.

5. Non-fiction text features: this post by Stories by Storie lists some nonfiction titles along with instructions on diving into text features.

Hope these ideas helped you in finding some new ways to teach fiction and nonfiction texts!

Head on over to some more AWESOME ideas by the I Teach K-2 crew. ūüôā


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