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FPUser18551
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16 days ago
FPUser18551
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The Level B title Street Fair from the F & P Guided Reading Classroom is labelled as nonfiction. I am wondering if someone can explain in detail why?
The pictures look fictional and there is a simple story about two sisters attending a fair. There are no non-fiction text features. We usually help students distinguish between fiction and non-fiction by locating text features such as labels, diagrams, real photographs, glossary, factual content etc.
How can we explain this as a non-fiction text to the students?
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Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
Helenann Steensen, Fountas & Pinnell Consultant
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15 days ago
FPUser18551 wrote:
The Level B title Street Fair from the F & P Guided Reading Classroom is labelled as nonfiction. I am wondering if someone can explain in detail why?
The pictures look fictional and there is a simple story about two sisters attending a fair. There are no non-fiction text features. We usually help students distinguish between fiction and non-fiction by locating text features such as labels, diagrams, real photographs, glossary, factual content etc.
How can we explain this as a non-fiction text to the students?


According to their structures, nonfiction texts can be organized into the categories of narrative and non-narrative. Non-fiction genre includes prose or poetry that provides factual information. This text is a narrative non-fiction text that tells a story using a narrative structure and literary language to make a topic interesting and appealing to readers at this level. The text features indicate that it is a simple factual text that gives a firsthand account of the event or topic and provides a clear simple easily identified theme or idea: having fun. Memoirs are a good example of a narrative non-fiction text which may or may not contain photos. Teaching narrative non-fiction text features can be supported by comparing other books you have read that are non-fiction narrative that have either photos, graphics or drawings to support the factual information presented.

For further information on teaching genre to all ages, I suggest the professional book: Genre Study. Genre Study focuses on inquiry-based learning with an emphasis on reading comprehension and the craft of writing. Through age-appropriate mentor texts, students discover, define, and analyze the foundational characteristics of fiction and nonfiction genres. That professional resource is linked here: https://www.fountasandpinnell.com/genrestudy/

I am so glad that you are talking about how to distinguish genre at these levels! It is through genre understandings that your students think, talk, and read texts with deeper understanding, and write effectively.

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Helenann Steensen, Official Fountas & Pinnell Consultant, Heinemann
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