I like to launch my narrative nonfiction unit every year by drawing on students' background knowledge of "hybrids". Discussing hybrids like "ligers", mules, and hybrid cars helps them understand narrative nonfiction in a new way.
"Wilma Unlimited" by Kathleen Krull is such an inspirational story. This year, my students clapped at the end because they loved the story so much. The book also lends itself to a discussion of synonyms.
This lesson is aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as Virginia SOLs.
Graphic Organizer for Narrative Nonfiction
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