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Literature - EC: L.N.2.2.2

Literature - EC: L.N.2.2.2

Continuum of Activities

Continuum of Activities

The list below represents a continuum of activities: resources categorized by Standard/Eligible Content that teachers may use to move students toward proficiency. Using LEA curriculum and available materials and resources, teachers can customize the activity statements/questions for classroom use.

This continuum of activities offers:

  • Instructional activities designed to be integrated into planned lessons
  • Questions/activities that grow in complexity
  • Opportunities for differentiation for each student’s level of performance

Grade Levels


Course, Subject

English Language Arts, Literature


  1. Recall the definitions of fiction and literary nonfiction.

  2. Identify the characteristics and techniques the two genres have in common and the characteristics that separate the two.

  3. Compare how a work of fiction and a work of nonfiction depict similar subject matter.

  4. Make an inference to the difference in an author’s purpose in fiction to that in literary nonfiction.

  5. Construct your own work of literary nonfiction on a given subject matter.

  6. Critique a work of fiction and a work of literary nonfiction for how they employ the same literary techniques (characterization, metaphoric language, conflict, dialogue, etc.).

Answer Key/Rubric

  1. Students correctly recall the definitions of fiction and literary nonfiction in speech or in writing.

  2. Students identify the commonalities between fiction and literary nonfiction (characterization, setting, conflict, narrative structure, use of time, dialogue, etc.) and the differences between the two (fiction vs. fact, author’s purpose).

  3. Students are able to compare two works--one fiction, and one nonfiction; to evaluate how they depict the same subject matter.

  4. Students identify the stated or implied author’s purpose in both a work of fiction and in literary nonfiction. Students may also make observations about which one is more successful in fulfilling the author’s purpose.

  5. Students employ the techniques of literary nonfiction to construct their own work in the genre. They demonstrate the understanding and practice that literary nonfiction embodies nearly all of the same techniques as fiction.

  6. Students analyze and critique two works, one fiction and one literary nonfiction, for how they employ the same literary techniques. Students may also analyze if there are certain techniques that work better in literary nonfiction than in fiction and vice versa.

Suggested Rubric:  This rubric may be used to assess a student’s overall mastery of the standard or eligible content.

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