3rd Grade - Poetry, Drama, Fiction And Nonfiction

 
     
 
     
 
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3rd
Stories and Literature
Poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction
Distinguish common forms of literature (e.g., poetry, drama, fiction, nonfiction).
Student is able to identify poems and plays. Student is able to distinguish between fiction and nonfiction texts.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What is a poem?

(2)

What is a play?

(3)

What is fiction? Fiction stories are stories that are made up and not based on facts.

(4)

What is nonfiction? Nonfiction text is based on fact.

(5)

What are some clues that help me to identify different forms of literature?

Learning Tips

(1)

Most students will gravitate toward one type of literature due to personal preferences. Try to encourage your child to read different types of books. Go to your local library and ask for some recommendations.

(2)

If your child gravitates towards fiction text, try tying in visits to museums or zoos to their reading. If they find something particularly interesting find nonfiction articles or books for them to read on the topic.

(3)

Nonfiction texts tend to be more challenging for children to read. Make sure your child is reading an appropriately leveled book for them. You can check this by having them read a page to you out loud. If you’re still not sure ask your child’s teacher for help.

(4)

Read a play with your child. There are many children’s plays that you can choose from. Talk with your child about the differences they see in the text.

(5)

Poems are great short reads. Read a poem with your child. Talk with your child about the differences they see in the text.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

For the following five problems, read the titles of the following stories and tell whether they are fiction or nonfiction.


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

(2)

The Rain Forest

(3)

Caring for your Pet

(4)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

(5)

How to Use a Graphing Calculator

(6)

For the following five problems, read the clues to decide if it is a poem, play, fiction, or nonfiction text.


Rhyming words, only one page long

(7)

Characters are animals that can talk

(8)

No characters and there is an index

(9)

Begins with a cast of characters

(10)

Stanzas

(11)

For the following five problems, read a line of text and decide if the text is fiction, nonfiction, poem, or play.


Once upon a time, there were three little foxes that liked to play hide and seek.

(12)

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout,

Down came the rain and washed the spider out!

(13)

Penguins are creatures that can swim in very cold water.

(14)

Sally: (with a frown on her face) I don’t want to go to school today!

(15)

Twinkle, twinkle little star,

How I wonder what you are.

(16)

What are the parts of a nonfiction text?

(17)

What kind of fiction do you like best and why?(fantasy, realistic fiction, historical fiction)

(18)

Write about a play that you like. What was it about?

(19)

Write about a poem that you like. What was it about?

(20)

If you’re writing a report on spiders, what kind of text will be most helpful to you? A) fiction text B) poem C) nonfiction text

(21)

For the following five problems, read the titles of the following stories and tell whether they are fiction or nonfiction.


Genie in a Bottle

(22)

Elephants

(23)

Jack and the Beanstalk

(24)

The Wizard of La La Land

(25)

How to Bake a Cake

 

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