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Reading Non-Fiction Format lesson plan

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KS3 Bitesize


This exercise may span two lessons. All students will be able to identify the key features of printed non-fiction texts. Most will be able to articulate the differences between the texts. Some will be able to make connections between the purpose of the text and the format.

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National Curriculum

  • En2: 1j, 1k, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5c, 5d


  • Video clips of 2 news programmes
  • Packs of texts for students to examine
  • Worksheets

Teaching activities


Show students two short clips from a news programme aimed at adults, such as the 10 O'clock News, and one aimed at children, such as Newsround. Ask how the presentation of each is different, and obviously aimed to appeal to their target audience.


  1. Give each group of students a newspaper and set of post-it notes. Write on the board the following words: ‘Headline' ‘Sub-heading' ‘Photograph' ‘Column' ‘Caption' ‘Logo' ‘Cartoon' ‘Masthead' ‘Leader' and ask students to identify them using the post-it notes.
  2. Read through the worksheet and explain how students are to fill in each column. Give each group of students a ‘pack' containing four or five different types of texts. Students complete the table.
  3. Discuss students' findings.


Read through the final section on the worksheet and ask students to try to provide a sentence about their findings using one of the key words.


  • Students write up their findings using the key words.

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