Is this a fiction (imaginary) text or a non-fiction (informative) text?
How do you know?
What is the text about?
Pose the following question to the students: What would you need to do to turn a fiction (imaginary) text about owls into a non-fiction (informative) text about owls? As a class, brainstorm some ideas. List the students’ suggestions as a mind map on the board.
On an large piece of paper, or in their workbooks, ask the students to draw a picture of a member of their family. Around the picture, encourage the students to write words or phrases that could be included in an informative text about this family member. Remind the students that informative texts provide a description of a particular topic using facts.
Encourage the students to share their illustration and their list of facts about their family member with the rest of the class.
Ask the students to start collecting examples of informative texts e.g. newspaper articles, brochures, posters. Dedicate a space in the classroom to displaying the students’ example texts and refer to these throughout the unit.
Encourage fast finishers to write a short paragraph about their family member.
Encourage students who find writing challenging to use drawings as well as words to describe their family member.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities