Is this a fiction text or a non-fiction text? How do you know?
Who would watch this video and why?
During the discussion, explain to the students that informative texts provide facts about real things and are intended to inform.
Draw a Venn Diagram on the board. As a class, complete the Venn Diagram by comparing the imaginary text about caterpillars to the informative text about caterpillars. Focus on things such as purpose, content and language features.
Discuss the answers of the sorting activity as a class. Encourage the students to share the strategies they used when classifying the animals as either ‘real’ or ‘make-believe’.
Play a game of ‘Twenty Questions’. One student selects an animal. The class must try and guess the identity of the secret animal, based only on factual clues e.g. I have feathers. The student who guesses the secret animal chooses the next animal.
Encourage any fast finishers to write a fact for each of the animals in the 'real' section of the worksheet.
Encourage students who are finding the sorting activity challenging to work with a partner.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities