Spotlight on Nonfiction: Books and Curriculum Resources

Mark Twain famously stated, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” This month we’re embracing the strange by spotlighting nonfiction books and teaching tools. We’ve curated a list of new releases, established nonfiction favorites, and curriculum resources on our dedicated Pinterest board. Peruse below for a teaser and then visit our board and website to explore further.

New Nonfiction Book Releases

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

$10.40 for 10+ copies
Breaking Night
Homeless to Harvard
by Liz Murray
$9.74 for 10+ copies
Almost Astronauts 
by Tanya Lee Stone $11.69 for 10+ copies
The Warmth of 
Other Suns

by Isabel Wilkerson
$11.02 for 10+ copies

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Established Nonfiction Favorites

Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi
$9.07 for 10+ copies
The Color of Water
by James McBride
$10.40 for 10+ copies
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
by Michael Pollan
$14.45 for 10+ copies
Night
by Elie Wiesel
$6.47 for 10+ copies

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Lesson Plans & Tools

Introducing the Essay: Twain, Douglass, and American Non-Fiction
This lesson plan serves as an intro to American literary nonfiction writing and focuses on persuasive effect in essays and non-fiction. Grades 9-12. View the Lesson Plan >

Edith Wharton: War Correspondent
Using Edith Wharton’s book, Fighting France, From Dunkerque to Belfort, students will explore an American correspondent’s experiences during World War I. Grades 9-12. View the Lesson Plan >

Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts
Using a strategy called THIEVES, which is an acronym for title, headings, introduction, every first sentence in a paragraph, visuals and vocabulary, end-of-chapter questions, and summary, students are guided through a preview of a nonfiction text. Grades 6-8. View the Lesson Plan >

Can You Convince Me? Developing Persuasive Writing
This lesson explores techniques used in oral and written arguments. Students then apply them to persuasive writing activities and analyze the work of others. Grades 3-5. View the Lesson Plan >

Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands
This lesson supplements your students’ reading of The Diary of a Young Girl by connecting the diary to the study of history and inspiring students to use writing to deepen their insights into their own experiences and the experiences of others. View the Lesson Plan >

The Library of Congress has some great lesson plans for amplifying students’ experience of historical fiction through exploring related primary sources. View the Lesson Plans >

Book Lists for Further Exploration

International Reading Association (IRA) Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Awards >

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children >

American Librarian Association (ALA) Robert F. Sibert Information Book Medal >

School Library Journal’s List of Best Nonfiction Books of 2011 >

The Library of Congress organizes booklists by historical figures and topics >


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