EL Support Lesson

Early Literacy Concepts: Parts of a Book

In this fun literacy lesson, your ELs will get to review or learn all about the parts of a book! This can be a stand alone or support lesson for the lesson What We Like About Stories.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theWhat We Like About StoriesLesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theWhat We Like About StoriesLesson plan.

Students will be able to identify the parts of a fiction text.


Students will be able to identify elements of a fiction text with grade-level words using visual and written supports.

(3 minutes)
Teach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceAnatomy of a BookParts of a Fiction TextBook WordsVocabulary Cards: Parts of a BookGlossary: Parts of a Book
  • Display the cover of an engaging new read aloud text.
  • Ask students to look carefully at the cover and share what they see using the sentence starter, "I see__."
  • Tell students that the cover of a book helps us to learn about the story. Read the title aloud and connect the title to the cover by identifying how they go together.
(5 minutes)
  • Introduce the lesson focus by saying, "Today we will be learning about the different parts of a book and what makes them important to us as the reader."
  • Display the Vocabulary Cards and provide student-friendly definitions for each new word.
  • Discuss the function of each part of the book and how it helps the reader.
  • Point to the different parts of your demo book and have students practise identifying each part of the book using the new vocabulary words.
(10 minutes)
  • Pair students together and pass out a few different books and a set of Vocabulary Cards to each pair.
  • Demonstrate how to play a game called, "Find the ____." using the Vocabulary Cards. They should hold up one of the cards and see if their partner can identify the matching part of the book.
  • Have students play together, taking turns choosing the Vocabulary Cards.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out the Parts of a Fiction Text worksheet to each student to complete independently.


  • Have students complete the Book Words worksheet for additional support.
  • Work with a small group of students to identify each part of a book using the visual vocabulary cards for support.


  • Encourage students to identify the parts of a fiction text using additional books from the classroom library.
  • Pass out the Anatomy of a Book worksheet for students to complete.
(5 minutes)
  • As students are working in pairs, walk around and informally assess if students can differentiate between parts of a book.
  • During independent work time, ask students to share the function of each part of the book.
  • Collect student work to formerly assess if students are able to match the vocabulary words to the correct part of the book.
(5 minutes)
  • Review why the different parts of a book are important (e.g., cover makes us want to read, teaches us about book).

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