Teaching non-fiction texts

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03rd June 2019
English, secondary, non-fiction text, non-fiction writing, AFOREST, scheme of work, lesson, creative, KS3, KS4, GCSE, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11

KS3 and KS4 resources to help pupils get to grips with the features of non-fiction writing

Non-fiction writing is one of the trickiest topics to get to grips with, but it is also one of the easiest topics to adapt to suit your students interests and get them engaged. From language analysis to form and structure, we have selected a range of KS3 and KS4 resources to spark your students interest with non-fiction texts. Check out our English collection for more KS4 English worksheets, lessons and revision materials.

Complete lessons

Non-fiction Travel

A full SOW for writing - uses some specific texts, though these are easily changed.
By Becka86

Formal Letter to Council

Support your students to write a formal letter of objection to the council regarding the building of three new houses on a residential road.
Using the thirty-two slide powerpoint, students compare two letters of objection looking for similarities and differences, as well as evaluating which is the best.
Then they write their letter to their council objecting to the proposal to build an office block in the middle of the local park.
The powerpoint creates interest in the subject by giving information about the importance and history of parks. Students then generate ideas together for the content and the structure of the task.
The folder contains Word copies of the example letters and a powerpoint.
Perfect for preparing students for GCSE transactional writing.

By brahma

Non-Chronological Reports!

This stimulating and informative lesson develops students’ skill in creating non-chronological reports that precisely meet the content, language and structural features of the form. In particular, they gain an in-depth understanding of how non-chronological reports are ordinarily set out on the page, what information should be included within them, and what style they should be written in, in order to meet form and purpose. These resources contain 3 example non-chronological reports, differentiated by the accessibility of their language.

Students follow a clear and logical learning journey, in which they:
-Define what non-chronological letters are and clarify their purpose;

  • Establish the structural features of non-chronological letters;
    -Work collaboratively to identify and analyse the content and language features in further model examples of non-chronological reports;
    -Create a success criteria for effective non-chronological reports;
    -Write their own non-chronological reports, using a planning sheet (if needed) and the techniques that they have learnt;
    -Peer/self-assess their writing attempts.

There are enough resources here really for two lessons, including:
-Visually engaging whole-lesson PowerPoint;
-Non-chronological reports x 3 (based on tennis, great white sharks, and Dubai)
-Non-chronological reports structure worksheet;
-Non chronological reports planning sheet;
-Step-by-step lesson plan.

All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final page of the slide.

By TandLGuru

Revision materials

Knowledge Organiser: Language and Structural Terminology

The knowledge organiser is essentially an analysis terminology sheet, offering students key structural and language terminology and analytical verbs plus words to use for effect on the reader.

It's aimed at AQA Language Paper 1 but can be adapted.
By laurajholder

Language and presentational devices (EAL, mixed)

A worksheet designed to help students (EAL and mixed ability) understand the main language and presentational devices. For each device, there is a definition, example and explaination of the effect on the reader. This was originally created as a revision aid for EAL students to prepare them for KS3 end of year assessment, but can also be used to help mixed ability students with KS3 end of year assessments and GCSE/IGCSE.
By Clara W

SPaG revision games

Useful for Y5/6
By swoodhouse

Writing to Argue

It’s hard work finding quality GCSE model writing answers for AQA English Language Paper 2, and even harder work writing them yourself, especially at a high level.

Here, you will find a high-level model answer: an article to argue a point of view. The topic is homework.

Pupils are asked to reflect on the significance of style and genre at the end as a self-reflection exercise.

Please note the preview shows only a section of the sheet.

Best wishes,

Englbee x

By englbee

Tasks and activities

Creative Writing: Non-Fiction Prompts

10 visual prompts for non-fiction writing. Great for a one-off lesson or cover work. Suitable for all ages/abilities (KS2/KS3/KS4)
By jamestickle86

Non-Fiction Writing Challenge Booklet

A booklet of letters, speeches, articles and reviews for GCSE English Language. Contains writing advice, model answers and a range of questions. It could be used as a homework booklet or in class.

By jamestickle86

Matching activity on persuasive writing techniques

persuasive writing techniques skills language devices
By hm8g10

Y7 Homework Project - Animals in Crisis

Half Term Homework Project with a non-fiction theme
By flutterworc

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