Primary English: Teaching non-fiction

Discover all of the different genres non-fiction has to offer with the help of these stimulating activities and lesson ideas
Stack Of Newspapers Representing Non-fiction Texts For Primary

Discover a whole new world of non-fiction texts with these introductory activities and lesson ideas

From newspapers to instructions, leaflets to autobiographies, non-fiction texts are a staple of everyday life. Yet, younger learners can find this genre a bit of a minefield! So, to help you introduce pupils to the wonderful world of non-fiction, we’ve selected some of our favourite lesson ideas and classroom activities. What are you waiting for?

Introductory activities

Non-fiction texts can come in many forms, but their rigid nature can sometimes make them feel inaccessible to younger learners. Help students recognise the different genres and consolidate their understanding using these toolkits, posters and example sheets.

Non fiction genre posters  (word)
thedangermouse

Non fiction genre posters (word)

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Six posters covering the purpose, language, structure, writer s knowledge and skeleton structure for recount, non chronological report, explanation, persuasion, discussion and instructions. They are in word so can be adapted for your class. Topics also included; word work; high frequency words.
Non Fiction Toolkits
bevevans22

Non Fiction Toolkits

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Based on an idea from Pie Corbett: double sided revision sheets for non fiction writing. Clear pointers regarding audience, purpose, structure and language features in addition to examples and other information
Example Non-fiction Texts for Year One
JCKO

Example Non-fiction Texts for Year One

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Model non-fiction texts for use in Year One. This document contains an example of a balanced argument, a non-chronological report, a recount and a set of instructions. These could be use when introducing one of these text types to your class. You could explore the features of the texts and adapt...

Teaching ideas

Once pupils are familiar with the different areas of non-fiction writing, delve further into a variety of texts with these engaging lesson ideas. From reading circles to marking guidance, these resources will help you to tackle non-fiction topics with ease.  

Non-fiction writing at KS2
bevevans22

Non-fiction writing at KS2

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PowerPoints with ideas based on those in the Igniting Writing series by Pie Corbett, Sue Palmer and Ann Webley. Each presentation looks at a different area of non fiction writing and includes examples of writing skeletons and an overview of things that pupils need to know when planning to write. The...
Crocodile Comparison Lesson - Non-Fiction Texts
EngageinEnglish

Crocodile Comparison Lesson - Non-Fiction Texts

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Crocodile Comparison Lesson - Non-Fiction Texts A very simple but engaging lesson based on two non-fiction texts involving crocodile attacks in Australia. The aim of the lesson is for students to identify explicit information from each text then do a comparison between them. Lesson include...
non-fiction marking criteria
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non-fiction marking criteria

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I find it difficult to mark children's non-fiction writing, so have done a google search of features of different non-fiction texts and put all these together in one place, slightly editing them etc. Not sure how they will be useful! but please feel free to let me know any suggestions for improveme...
Reading Circles - Non Fiction Pack
ResourceCentre

Reading Circles - Non Fiction Pack

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A great resource to support the teaching of different reading skills. These can be printed into cards and laminated for children to use but also printed larger to use as posters for the classroom. This pack focuses on the skills of summarising, predicting, identifying the meanings of unknown words o...

Engaging tasks

Ensure your learners are on track with these reading comprehensions and in-class exercises. Jam-packed with ideas and accessible subject matters, there’s something to engage every student.  

Make your own non-fiction country book
choralsongster

Make your own non-fiction country book

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A writing frame/book for researching and writing about a country. Includes space for illustrations/sticking in pictures and space to write basic information on the country (currency, continent, capital city, language spoken)
Non-fiction book checklist
ruthbentham

Non-fiction book checklist

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I used this checklist when doing a literacy focus on non-fiction books with my Year 1 children. It is a checklist of features for children to look for when looking at non-fiction books. I laminated some of these checklists and put them in the library for children to use.