Comparing and Contrasting Fiction and Nonfiction | ScholasticPreK—K , 1—2 , 3—5. The goal of the classroom library is to encourage and foster a love of reading. While there is lots of great fiction for kids, it is important to collect and display a wide selection of non-fiction books as well. Many students, especially boys, find non-fiction books more attractive than fiction, and will read every book they can find on their favorite topics. By combining fiction and non-fiction book pairs on the same topics, you can bridge the gap between fiction readers and non-fiction readers, benefiting both by exposing them to a variety of different types of text.
Fiction & Nonfiction Book Pairs
Fiction and Non-Fiction Pairs in the Classroom Library
A text is a piece of writing. A text can be labelled as either fiction or non-fiction. Novels, short stories, plays, film scripts and poetry are all examples of fiction texts. Non-fiction texts are based on facts and the real world and may include:. Comparing non-fiction can focus on the similarities between the texts - things they have in common. You can also contrast texts and focus on their differences - things that set the texts apart from each other. You could compare and contrast the following:.
A lot has changed in the classroom since the implementation of the Common Core Standards. While I may not love all of the changes, one shift I do think is positive is the greater emphasis on reading and writing informational texts. I love sharing informational texts with my students because it is an easy way for me to connect with them and share in their interests. There is great excitement in the air when together we can learn new information and build our background knowledge! I began the unit by making sure my students understood what made a text fiction or nonfiction.