Fiction vs. Nonfiction Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

This lesson plan guides teachers through the task of introducing the types of nonfiction and fiction works of writing to students. Students will engage with these concepts through watching videos and participating in an active game.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between nonfiction and fiction selections of text
  • Define nonfiction and fiction
  • Give examples of both fiction and nonfiction works


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.



  • Start the lesson by asking your students to identify as many different types of writing as they can. Some examples could be newspapers, comic books, novels, scripts, biographies, recipes and so on.
  • Write down the examples on the board as your students give them.
  • Explain that you would like to group the types of writing into two logical groups. Ask students to suggest which types of writing belong together. Draw large circles on the board and re-write the types of writing into the circles to group them as the students suggest.
  • Discuss the reasoning behind the grouping.
  • Tell your students that today's lesson also groups types of writing, but today you will be grouping them by factuality. One group will be labeled fiction and the other nonfiction.

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