About This Chapter
Standards: Lessons in this chapter can help you teach each of the English language arts standards outlined for informational texts. Use the videos and quizzes to introduce students to characteristics of informational writing before they jump into lectures and classroom activities designed to help them analyze the structure, style and reasoning used in these types of texts.
About This Chapter
These lessons can help your students understand the components of literary nonfiction and informational writing. They'll also discover what distinguishes these texts from works of fiction. Topics of discussion include:
- Characteristics of nonfiction
- Components of essays, diaries and letters
- Differences between biographies and autobiographies
- Examples of editorials, articles and speeches
- Differences between fact and informed opinion
- Methods of persuasion
- Types of business documents
Students who've mastered this chapter's lesson material should be able to distinguish between fact and opinion, identify the purpose of a text and recognize the structure of various types of informational writing. They'll also develop some of the skills needed to decipher an author's intended meaning and identify a text's central ideas.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Check out the following suggestions for incorporating this chapter's lessons into your instructional materials:
Lead a Class Discussion
Ask students what distinguishes fiction from literary nonfiction and informative nonfiction. Have students watch related video lessons and take the short quizzes that follow to find out what they've learned.
Supplement In-Class Activities
View the lessons on persuasion and informed opinion. Have your students take a look at some sample texts. Help them identify the persuasive technique being used and decide whether the information being presented is a statement of fact or opinion.
Take a Trip to the Library
Watch video lessons outlining the different types of informational writing and literary nonfiction. Send your students to the library in search of these types of texts. Ask them to present some of their findings to the class.
1. What Is Nonfiction? - Definition & Examples
There are a wide variety of genres of literature, but most can be separated into two categories. Watch this video lesson to learn about one of those categories: nonfiction.
2. Informational Writing: Types & Samples
In this lesson, we will define informational writing, examine the purpose of this type of writing and explore the features of different kinds of informational texts.
3. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples
Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.
4. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction
How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.
5. Literary Nonfiction: Essays, Diaries, Letters, & More
Watch this video lesson to explore the world of literary nonfiction. You will learn the similarities and differences between journals, diaries, memoirs and much more.
6. Literary Nonfiction: Biographies & Autobiographies
Literary nonfiction consists of many types of writing. Two of the most popular types are biographies and autobiographies. Watch this video lesson to learn more about these two types.
7. Informational Text: Editorials, Articles, Speeches & More
Informational nonfiction is a large category that includes various types of writing. Learn about two of those types, articles and speeches, in this video lesson.
8. Business Documents: Policies, Procedure Manuals & More
While letters and memos may be purpose written for businesses, plenty of other documents are used as well. In this lesson we'll take a look at policies, procedure manuals, and employee training programs.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA - Informational Text Grades 9-10: Standards course
- Citing Textual Evidence: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1
- Central Idea & Summarizing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.2
- Nonfiction Analysis: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.3
- Word Choice & Tone: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.4
- Figurative & Technical Language: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.4
- Idea Development: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.5
- Author's Purpose & Point of View: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.6
- Accounts in Different Mediums: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.7
- Argumentative Texts: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.8
- Analyzing Seminal U.S. Documents: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.9