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Fiction and Non-Fiction: Telling the Difference

In this worksheet, students practise distinguishing between fiction and non-fiction texts.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Listen to and Discuss Texts

Difficulty level:  

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QUESTION 1 of 10

The word fiction describes books and texts that have been made up by the author. It includes stories and poems. Cinderella is a work of fiction.

 

 

The word non-fiction describes books and texts that contain real information and facts. Dictionaries, recipe books and instructions for games are all non-fiction.

 

 

In this worksheet you can practise deciding whether books and texts are fiction or non-fiction.

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

fiction

non-fiction

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

Rainforest Animals

fiction

non-fiction

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

fiction

non-fiction

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

My First Thesaurus

fiction

non-fiction

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

Simple Woodwork

fiction

non-fiction

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

An Introduction to Fishing

fiction

non-fiction

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

fiction

non-fiction

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

BT Telephone Directory - London Area

fiction

non-fiction

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

The Life of Nelson Mandela

fiction

non-fiction

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

How to Pass Your Driving Test

fiction

non-fiction

  • Question 1

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

CORRECT ANSWER
fiction
EDDIE SAYS
This is a story by Beatrix Potter. The word 'tale' means the same thing as 'story'.
  • Question 2

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

Rainforest Animals

CORRECT ANSWER
non-fiction
EDDIE SAYS
The book is likely to contain information about animals that live in rainforests.
  • Question 3

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

CORRECT ANSWER
fiction
EDDIE SAYS
You probably know that the Harry Potter stories are about witches and wizards. They are definitely made up!
  • Question 4

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

My First Thesaurus

CORRECT ANSWER
non-fiction
EDDIE SAYS
A thesaurus looks a bit like a dictionary. It contains lists of words with similar meanings and is a non-fiction book.
  • Question 5

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

Simple Woodwork

CORRECT ANSWER
non-fiction
EDDIE SAYS
This book is likely to contain instructions on how to do woodwork, so it is a non-fiction book.
  • Question 6

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

An Introduction to Fishing

CORRECT ANSWER
non-fiction
EDDIE SAYS
This book is likely to describe how to take up the hobby of fishing, so it is a non-fiction book.
  • Question 7

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

CORRECT ANSWER
fiction
EDDIE SAYS
You have probably heard of this book already. The word 'adventures' suggests that it will be a story, so it is fiction.
  • Question 8

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

BT Telephone Directory - London Area

CORRECT ANSWER
non-fiction
EDDIE SAYS
A telephone directory contains lists of people's telephone numbers. It is an information book so it is non-fiction.
  • Question 9

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

The Life of Nelson Mandela

CORRECT ANSWER
non-fiction
EDDIE SAYS
Nelson Mandela is a real person, so a book about his life would contain facts and be non-fiction. Books about the lives of real people are called biographies.
  • Question 10

If you saw a book with the following title, would you expect it to be fiction or non-fiction?

 

How to Pass Your Driving Test

CORRECT ANSWER
non-fiction
EDDIE SAYS
This book is likely to contain information to help people learn to drive so it is non-fiction.
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