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Programme 7: Fact or Fiction, 6th November

SELB code: RF 0327 Although the series has finished, programmes are still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. Just quote the SELB number in your correspondence with the unit.

This week's broadcast looks at non-fictional writing. How it differs from fiction is established at the start of the programme. Click to Print PDF Worksheets
  • Leon McAuley looks at various examples of factual writing including a football report, and an excerpt from an instructional manual. He also compares three letters each seeking information but which differ in tone because of who the recipient is in relation to the writer. Pupils will be reminded of the programme on 'audience' and how that audience affects writing style.
  • The programme ends with an amusing look at road signs, and the 'tone of voice' they are written in.
Key Words:

fictional; non-fictional; factual; fiction; instructions; information.

Before The Programme:
  • Explain key words to class.
  • Discuss fiction and factual writing and books.
After The Programme:
  • Discuss and list on blackboard examples of factual and fictional writing. Note likely sources of each.
  • Ask pupils to write a) a factual account of a simple event, b) a fictional account of a similar event. e.g. coming to school today
  • Select a number of books factual and fictional. Show them to the class and ask them which pile - fact or fiction - you should put them in.
  • Ask them to divide a page in two columns, mark one factual, the other fictional. Call out titles and ask them to put them in the correct column.
  • Get the pupils to use class, school or local library to examine and list books in the two categories.
  • Examine the use of IT as a source for information. Set up some exercises to locate and retrieve information appropriate to the needs of the class.
  • Worksheet 16: Sort into fact or fiction.
  • Worksheet 17: Survey of class or school notices.

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