Unit Plan

Exploring Components of Nonfiction

Objectives

In this unit, students will explore the components of nonfiction text. Students will:

  • identify the ways that authors use text structures to convey meaning in nonfiction text.
  • compare/contrast the elements of informational nonfiction.
  • identify the elements of biographies and autobiographies.

Essential Questions

  • How do readers know what to believe in what they read, hear, and view?
  • How do strategic readers create meaning from informational and literary text?

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Formative Assessment

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    Short-Answer Items:

    Compare the differences and similarities between a biography and an autobiography.

    Short-Answer Key and Scoring Rubric:

    Compare the differences and similarities between a biography and an autobiography.

     

    Points

    Description

    3

    Student compares a biography and an autobiography by listing at least three of the following similarities or differences:

    • Both tell about the life of a person.
    • Both include the same information (e.g., dates, information about childhood and family, achievements, major events, impact on others).
    • Both generally use the same text structure (sequence).
    • An autobiography is written about the author; a biography is written about someone other than the author.
    • An autobiography is written in first person; a biography is written in third person.
    • An autobiography often contains more personal details about thoughts and feelings; a biography often includes the author’s opinion about the person.

    2

    Student lists at least two similarities or differences.

    1

    Student lists at least one similarity or difference.

    0

    Student lists incorrect information OR does not attempt to complete the task.

     

     

    Performance Assessment:

    Materials:

    Have students read the above passage about E.B. White or a similar text. Then ask students to complete the following:

    • Describe the text structure that is used and explain why.
    • List the text features that are used and explain how they help the reader better understand the passage.
    • Explain how you know whether this is a biography or an autobiography.

     

    Performance Assessment Scoring Rubric:

    Points

    Description

    3

    Student includes at least three of the following answers:

    • Text structure:
    • sequence—helps the reader understand the events of E.B. White’s life in the order in which they happened
    • Text features:
    • title—gives the reader an idea of what the passage is going to be about
    • subtitle—lets the reader know what the next section is going to be about; helps the reader skim the passage and find the information
    • picture—shows the reader what the person looks like
    • This is a biography because it tells about the life, events, and achievements of E.B. White. It is written in third person.

    2

    Student includes at least two of the answers.

    1

    Student includes at least one of the answers.

    0

    Student does not include any of the answers OR does not attempt to complete the task.

Final 03/01/2013
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