Literary Genres: The Informational Nonfiction Genre BOOM! Cards TM

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ELA in Middle School
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6-8, Homeschool
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Boom! Cards, Digital Interactive, Distance Learning
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  • Literary Genres: The Informational Nonfiction Genre BOOM! Cards TM
  • Literary Genres: The Informational Nonfiction Genre BOOM! Cards TM
  • Literary Genres: The Informational Nonfiction Genre BOOM! Cards TM
  • Literary Genres: The Informational Nonfiction Genre BOOM! Cards TM


This Deck of BOOM! CardsTM is designed to provide student-scholars with an overview of the literary subgenre of informational nonfiction and to practice identifying the characteristics, structures, and examples of the subgenre. They are specifically designed for in-class enrichment or self-paced remote or distance learning and practice, as well as for interactive review.

Literary genres can be a very difficult area to teach, and yet, we are called upon to teach them all, often in isolation, and without explanation of how the different genres fit together, or what they mean. This series of Decks, of which this is the second, was created to address this problem gap.

In this Deck, we give an overview of the features and structures of Informational Nonfiction. The Direct teach/Instruction cards provide your student-scholars with student-friendly explanations of the differences between the types, of and structures, and examples of what these differences might look like. This is NOT to be considered a complete analysis of Informational Nonfiction, only an overview!

After the direct teaching cards that ask and answer the questions, we have a 19 activity/task cards that allow our student-scholars the opportunity to practice identifying the characteristics of the genres and what examples go with what genre. In total, there are 10 direct teaching cards, 1 instructional card, and 19 task cards. As with most Decks of BOOM! CardsTM, this set does randomize the task cards, but it does not randomize the instructional cards. We want to maintain the logical flow of topics and questions.

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ELA in Middle School proudly uses Ron Lieshman’s Digital Toonage “Teachers” and “School Kids” sets in this Deck of Boom Cards!

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