High School Non-fiction lesson plans and activities

Resources and ideas for Non-fiction, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

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AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

AQA New 2017 Specification: English Language, Paper 2 Section A: Nonfiction Reading

10 fully resourced lessons to prepare students for the AQA English Language Paper 2, Section A exam: 'Writer's Viewpoints and Perspectives'.This resource bundle includes:Two powerpoint presentations totalling 142 slides.A full lesson by lesson scheme of work including clear learning objectives and outlining assessment opportunities.Eight different extracts to use with students from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Each lesson is clearly structured with learning objectives, learning start activities, learning review activities and opportunities for students to demonstrate and assess their learning in a number of ways. The lessons aim to develop a common approach for tackling each question to build students' confidence. There are a number of opportunities for students to tackle the different question types and the presentations provide clear steps and guidance to support students during the assessment process. Model answers and assessment sheets also included.Extracts included:'American Sniper', Chris Kyle'The Charge of the Light Brigade', William Howard Russell'Letter to My Mother', Wilfred Owen'A Beautiful Job', Gunner William Towers (WW1)'The Death of Lord Nelson', William Beatty'We Shall Fight Them on the Beaches', Winston Churchill'Surrender Speech', Chief Joseph (taken from the AQA Reading Support Booklet)'The Gettysburg Address', Abraham LincolnIn addition to this, the presentations also include some optional Paper 2, Section B questions that link to the extracts and aim to develop students' nonfiction writing skills.The lessons and extracts are focused around the theme of war so they can be linked with the 'Power and Conflict' AQA poetry anthology to develop students' contextual understanding for the English Literature exam.Any feedback on the resource would be greatly appreciated!

By RojoResources

Library Challenge Cards

Library Challenge Cards

These ‘Library Challenge’ cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they’ve really enjoyed working through the activities – an added bonus being that I use this work to decorate the walls of our library. There’s a selection of 10 Library Challenge Cards, plus a ‘Library Challenge of the Week’ which just allows for changing things up a little without having to print and laminate more cards.

By sh2810

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Travel Writing: 8 lessons focusing on non-fiction text analysis and improving persuasive and descriptive writing skills.

Travel Writing: 8 lessons focusing on non-fiction text analysis and improving persuasive and descriptive writing skills.

A series of 8 lessons. 5 Lessons focusing on improving pupils descriptive writing.Lesson 1 focuses on increasing pupils use of adjectives.Lesson 2-3 focus on increasing pupils use of sensory imagery.Lesson 4 focuses on figurative language.Lesson 5 focuses on using effective punctuation and sentence structures.3 lessons focusing on the format of Non-Fiction texts. 1 / 2- Letters and reviews3 -Adverts.All lessons vary tasks and activities to create fun, engaging and well-paced lessons.All lessons use the 1-9 criteria and focus on A05 and A06.

By PhilippaBrooks

AQA English Literature Paper 2 Mock - Blood Brothers and Love and Relationships Poetry Cluster

AQA English Literature Paper 2 Mock - Blood Brothers and Love and Relationships Poetry Cluster

This is a mock paper containing questions, extracts and instructions. It emulates AQA English Literature Paper 2. It covers Blood Brothers and the Love and Relationships Poetry Cluster, as well as Section C Unseen Poetry on the theme of friendship. It does not cover the other literature texts but could save you some precious time if these are also the texts studied in your school.

By amnc

Book Review Bundle

Book Review Bundle

4 Different Book Reviews2 Page Book Review for an in-depth review.Standard Book Review - use it every time.Book Review for Non FictionBook Review with snazzy pencils to rate that book!

By BubbleResources

Analyzing Arguments with Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Analyzing Arguments with Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Teach students how to analyze an author’s arguments with Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail! Analyzing an author’s arguments can be challenging for students; however, this step-by-step method will make this skill clear and easy while creating an in-depth analysis! Everything to teach rhetoric, and logical fallacies is included. Show your students how to analyze the rhetoric/fallacies/message/language of any author’s arguments through this iconic passage from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Includes:- PowerPoint and Google Presentation on rhetoric and logical fallacies- PowerPoint Presentation & Google Presentation to introduce this step-by-step method- Close reading passage of Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail- Analyzing rhetoric graphic organizer - Reader response questions to further the depth of analysis- Separate logical fallacies PowerPoint and Google Presentation- Lesson plans- Lesson plans on teaching close reading strategies with this passage- Google Apps Links to Google Presentations & Graphic Organizer Google Documents- Extended response questions allow students to craft their own argument in response to this text. Do your students need more than a quick review with Ethos, Pathos, Logos & Logical Fallacies? Check out my Complete Guide to Analyzing King's Argument BUNDLE!

By taylor1teacher

Logical Fallacies made Easy!

Logical Fallacies made Easy!

Logical Fallacies are a critical component of your argument Common Core standards! Teach your students this critical life skill through engaging, real-life examples, videos, commercials, print advertisements, and literature examples. Included with Purchase:-Real life examples in media to analyze! -Lesson- 32 slides explain, with great depth, the 12 most common fallacies with definitions, examples, videos, commercial/media applications, debate examples, written examples, and Bell Ringer practice applications.- Notes document allows students to record definitions and examples for future use within your argument unit, the assessment, and the Bell Ringer practice. -Real life examples in media and politics to analyze! -Application activity that gets students moving and collaborating.-Bell Ringer practice to reinforce skills each day and engage students in learning! Beautifully designed for Google documents with one bell ringer per page. Word/PDF documents put 3 to a page for easy printing! -Google Docs, Microsoft Office, and PDF documents provided. -No Prep Plans- Just print or link and go!-Lesson plans/suggestions for teaching included!

By taylor1teacher

Rhetoric- Ethos/Pathos/Logos Bell Ringer Activities!

Rhetoric- Ethos/Pathos/Logos Bell Ringer Activities!

These quick 5 minute bell ringer activities give students an opportunity to identify real life examples of rhetoric. Engaging advertisements, PowerPoint and Google slides to present material, handouts for student application (or Google Document provided) and answer slides to facilitate quick discussion and understanding. Includes:1. PowerPoint bell ringer slides (47 slides) for 23 bell ringer activities!2. PowerPoint answer slide for each bell ringer means NO teacher prep!3. PDF Printable bell ringer handouts (23 pages)4. Google Presentation bell ringer slides for digital classrooms5. Google Document handouts for digital classrooms with student directions for use.

By taylor1teacher

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Literary Analysis Made Easy (Digital and Printable!)

Literary Analysis Made Easy (Digital and Printable!)

Literary Analysis Made Easy! Teach your students this easy step-by-step process for developing a rich, insightful, and well supported literary analysis. Breaking down this challenging process for students allows for further depth in each key area of a quality response! Included: -Google Slides Presentation & PowerPoint on the steps for writing a literary analysis-Graphic organizer (Google Doc, Word Doc, and PDF) that breaks down each step-Topics and elements to analyze classroom poster and lesson (3 different sizes)-Rubric for assessment-Assess the Examples Activity provides examples and discussion prompts for better response techniques. -Lesson plan, with slide notes for easy, no prep plans!

By taylor1teacher

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KS3 Developing Writing Skills

KS3 Developing Writing Skills

A series of resources that aims to develop students' writing in preparation for GCSE English Language. Focuses include writing for tension, narrative writing and presenting a viewpoint.

By omedoto7

EDEXCEL English Language Questions 1,2,4 and 5

EDEXCEL English Language Questions 1,2,4 and 5

This worksheet takes students through the process of reading the extracts effectively and then answering the short 1 mark questions. The aim is to encourage students to investigate how to best use the opening time in the examination - so they are prepared to answer the questions well.

By RachealSmith41

Travel Brochure: Writing an advert. Persuasive Writing. 1-9 GCSE Language.

Travel Brochure: Writing an advert. Persuasive Writing. 1-9 GCSE Language.

A lesson detailing to pupils how to identify the features of an advert (linguistic and format) and recreate these in a writing task, based on the Edexcel English Language exam. Suitable for KS3 classes and KS4. A recently observed Ofsted 'Outstanding' lesson, with a clear presentation and attached worksheets.Suitable for all exam boards but designed for Edexcel English Language Specification (also attached) and grade boundaries from 3-6, which can be altered easily to accommodate HA or LA pupils.The lesson contains a think, pair, share starter. The main activity consists of a pupil led analysis of a series of adverts (designed to cover a range of language and structural features), an original writing task and finally the plenary consists of a peer assessment task (worksheet for this is attached). The entire lesson is pupil-led, containing fast-paced, engaging tasks.Learning objective.A05 :To use persuasive writing to create an advert in a travel brochure

By PhilippaBrooks

Negative Reviews. Investigating a range of  devices and Non-Fiction formats. 1-9 GCSE Language.

Negative Reviews. Investigating a range of devices and Non-Fiction formats. 1-9 GCSE Language.

Two lessons detailing to pupils how to identify the features of a letter and a review (linguistic and format) and recreate these in a writing task, based on the Edexcel English Language exam. Suitable for KS3 classes and KS4. A recently observed Ofsted 'Outstanding' lesson, with a clear presentation and attached worksheet.Suitable for all exam boards but designed for Edexcel English Language Specification (also attached) and grade boundaries from 3-6, which can be altered easily to accommodate HA or LA pupils.The lesson contains a think, pair, share starter. The main activity consists of a pupil led analysis of a leter (designed to cover a range of language and structural features), an original writing task and finally the plenary consists of a peer assessment task (worksheet for this is attached). The entire lesson is pupil-led, containing fast-paced, engaging tasks.Learning objectives.A05:LO1: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences.LO2: Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.

By PhilippaBrooks

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Analyze an Author's Argument with Atticus Finch's Closing Arguments-

Analyze an Author's Argument with Atticus Finch's Closing Arguments-

Teach students how to analyze an author’s arguments with Atticus Finch’s Closing Arguments! Analyzing an author’s arguments can be challenging for students; however, this step-by-step method will make this skill clear and easy while creating an in-depth analysis! Everything to teach rhetoric, logical fallacies is included. Show your students how to analyze the rhetoric/fallacies/message/language of any author’s arguments through this iconic passage from To Kill a Mockingbird. Includes:- PowerPoint and Google Presentation on rhetoric and logical fallacies-PowerPoint Presentation and Google Presentation to introduce this step-by-step method-Close reading passage of Atticus Finch’s closing arguments- Analyzing rhetoric graphic organizer - Reader response questions to further depth of analysis- Separate logical fallacies PowerPoint and Google Presentation- Separate Rhetoric PowerPoint and Google Presentation- Note taking documents for both logical fallacies and rhetoric lessons- Lesson plans- Lesson plans on teaching close reading strategies with this closing argument- Google Apps Links to Google Presentations and Organizer Google Documents- Student sample analysis

By taylor1teacher

World Book Day Quiz

World Book Day Quiz

Another one of my 'interactive' Quizzes - this is #3!The pattern is the same as my other ones - so TV Intros, Who Am I?, Films, Dingbats etc. However, all of these have a focus on World Book Day - so all the questions are linked to books. You could, obviously, do this at other times though!It's aimed to be accessible across the Key Stages - I've done it with 7s (with a number of clues!) right up to my Upper 6th English. There are rounds my younger class did much better at!!! It should happily take up a lesson or a tutor period - the answers are included at the back.You can pick up my other two quizzes - in the same format - here:End of Term Quiz #1End of Term Quiz #2

By Robert_Frost

KS3 and KS4 Baseline test to determine 1-9 levels. Based on extracts from Edexcel GCSE Lang papers.

KS3 and KS4 Baseline test to determine 1-9 levels. Based on extracts from Edexcel GCSE Lang papers.

A clear and easy to follow baseline for pupils in KS3 and KS4. Features a short extract from 'The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas' and 3 comprehension activities designed to text student ability to retrieve information, identify language features and discuss the effect of individual words and phrases on the reader. There is then the choice of two imaginative writing tasks.The paper is essentially a miniature and more widely accessible version of the GCSE English Language paper pupils will sit at the end of KS4.

By PhilippaBrooks

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AQA PAPER 2 QUESTION 2 EXAM PREPARATION WRITING A SUMMARY

AQA PAPER 2 QUESTION 2 EXAM PREPARATION WRITING A SUMMARY

A lesson that takes students through the requirements for AQA Paper 2, Question 2 (Write a summary of the differences between...).It helps students understand the differences between inferring and analysing, and contains a differentiated grid for weaker students. It also contains a sample answer, useful starter activity and links to the marking criteria. PLEASE NOTE: The source material for this is based on the AQA Key Stage 3 Test Pack (Year 7 Pack 1 Paper 2 - Amber and the Watercress girl). This is easily available on the E-AQA website, hence why it's not included here. This is very well suited to middle - lower ability GCSE students.

By mgroverresources

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing Lesson

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing Lesson

Beauty and the Beast Descriptive Writing LessonTaking advantage of the new movie release, this light lesson focuses on the show, not tell, technique in descriptive writing. The complete lesson includes:• Sentence improvement starter• Plot slide of Beauty and the Beast• Trailer clips• Lesson objectives• Show not tell technique explained + video clip• Additional writing tips• Two images for students to describe and relate back to the class• Beauty and the Beast bingo plenary, with 30 individual bingo cards and caller’s cardAn easy, but engaging lesson students should enjoy – especially fans of Beauty and the Beast!Visit my shop for more great lessons and resources:https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/EngageinEnglish(Credits: Youtube trailer of Beauty and the Beast, Cooltext.com, myfreebingo.com, IMDB and Wikipedia)

By EngageinEnglish

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Writing the Argument Essay Complete Unit Bundle + Student Interactive Notebook

Writing the Argument Essay Complete Unit Bundle + Student Interactive Notebook

Teach your students how to write that argument essay with this complete unit bundle! What is included: 1. Complete student interactive notebook (both digital and print) keeps all documents for the unit in one, beautifully designed place. 2. Lesson on writing a quality, engaging hook (lead) statement with fun, interactive hook stations activity to practice the skill. 3. Lesson on writing a thesis using the thesis generator I created. This ‘generator’ uses a step by step guide to create an arguable thesis statement in formal writing. 4. Lesson on in-text citation with valuable note taking documents within the interactive notebook. Teach students to seamlessly incorporate evidence within their paragraphs. 5. Lesson on crafting an argument with specific graphic organizers for support and strong examples provided with the interactive notebook.6. Lesson on crafting the counterargument paragraph with the formal 5 point counterargument method. Specific graphic organizers, note taking documents, and strong examples support students as they draft the ideal counterargument paragraph. 7. Graphic organizers take students through the entire paper. Two sets of organizers are included within this purchase for differentiation. Set A will support younger or struggling writers, while set B will encourage depth and complexity from your stronger, more experienced writers.8. Rubric for assessment9. Two beautifully designed class posters: - 5 point counterargument model poster -citing sources poster 10. Handouts for supporting students with transition words, strong academic language, persuasive language, citing evidence sentence starters, etc. 11. Google Links Page- digital links to ALL documents for digital classrooms12. Printable pages for non-digital classrooms13. Lesson plan/suggestions for teaching

By taylor1teacher

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In-Text Citation Lesson, Practice, and Assessment, MLA 8th Edition

In-Text Citation Lesson, Practice, and Assessment, MLA 8th Edition

The MLA 8th edition lesson on incorporating textual evidence (quotations with parenthetical citations) will help your students learn:-How to create an in-text citation with and without an author's name.-How to lead into or out of a quote with the student's own words. -How to pepper a quote.-How to delete parts of the quote to seamlessly incorporate the evidence into the student's paragraph.-How to incorporate the title and/or author in signal phrases prior to a quotation.-Block style quotations.-How to cite dialogue-Examples from quality literature for each type of citation. -Text Evidence Trouble-Shooting Guide teaches students to fix common mistakes such as orphaned quotes, transition phrases, summarizing instead of analyzing, and big, chunky quotes. Support and examples are provided through this document, and the lesson activity that accompanies it. -5 Days of Bell Ringer Practice ActivitiesPractice:-Three practice documents (Google Doc, PDF, and Word document) using examples from literature. (Could be used as a quick quiz)Summative Assessment: Students are given three passages, one fiction and two non-fiction texts- with relating themes (social justice). They are asked to close read, then respond to the given prompt using evidence from two of the three sources. They are supported in doing so with detailed graphic organizers, and asked to seamlessly incorporate text evidence for the assessment.

By taylor1teacher

Ethos, Pathos, Logos- The Three Pillars of Persuasion

Ethos, Pathos, Logos- The Three Pillars of Persuasion

Begin your argument unit by teaching the three pillars of persuasion- Ethos, Pathos, and Logos!Included with Purchase:-Real life examples in media to analyze! -Lesson- 36 slides of info, definitions, notes, and examples that connect to media advertising, social media, marketing tools, and human behavior. Each pillar of persuasion also provides a how-to slide for students to apply this tool to their writing!-Student led in-depth exploration with video examples and explanations that are engaging and unique.-Application activity that gets students moving and collaborating.-Bell Ringer practice to reinforce skills each day and engage students in learning!-Beautiful classroom anchor chart poster-Google Docs & Microsoft Office documents provided -No Prep Plans- Just print or link and go!

By taylor1teacher

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Rhetorical Analysis Unit Bundle- Digital and Printable!

Rhetorical Analysis Unit Bundle- Digital and Printable!

Teach students how to analyze an author’s arguments with any given argument! Perfect for personalizing or differentiating learning as it provides a great deal of voice and choice for your learners!Analyzing an author’s arguments can be challenging for students; however, this step-by-step method will make this skill clear and easy while creating an in-depth analysis! Everything to teach rhetoric, and logical fallacies is included. Show your students how to analyze the rhetoric/fallacies/message/language of any author’s argument. Combines the following four complete units!1. Ethos, Pathos, Logos2. Logical Fallacies3. Ethos, Pathos, Logos and Logical Fallacies Bell Ringer activities4. Argument Analysis Lesson

By taylor1teacher

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Complete Tone and Mood in Literature Bundle + Connotation and Denotation

Complete Tone and Mood in Literature Bundle + Connotation and Denotation

Teach your students how to understand the complex topic of tone and mood in literature! 1. Lesson on Tone and Mood2. Lesson on Connotation/Denotation3. Tone and Mood Exploration through music, video games, film, art, literature, photography, and memes!4. Tone and Mood Mini-Lesson5. Tone and Mood Notes6. Tone and Mood Project- over 8 choices for summative assessments!7. Bell Ringer Activities- for each day of the unit!

By taylor1teacher