Nonfiction Teacher Resources

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Here's a real life research project that should get those upper graders excited! They conduct research into everything they'll need to know before moving out on their own. They compare university tuition, housing, textbooks, living arrangements, leases, credit card offers, and financial aid packages. This lesson is top-notch, and it offers essay tips, financial aid links, and motivational speech links.
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your. country.” Did you know that John Kenneth Galbraith, Adlai Stevenson, and Theodore Sorensen helped John F. Kennedy craft his 1961 inaugural address? Learners not only examine the rhetorical devices JFK employed in his speech, but also analyze the suggestions made by Galbraith and Stevenson and compare these suggestions to the delivered version. Teacher and student copies of the worksheets are included in a richly detailed plan that deserves a spot in your curriculum library.
Here is an inventive, and easy-to-implement lesson on the writing of topic sentences. Learners review what a topic sentence is, practice identifying topic sentences in an informational article, then play a really cool game. All of the worksheets and instructions needed for the game are embedded in this engaging plan. The four-page plan would be an ideal choice when teaching this important writing concept to your elementary schoolers.
First graders listen to the book, Sheep in a Shop, that leads them to think about making financial decisions, trading, and the barter system. After the book is read aloud, a discussion ensues about some of the things that the sheep considered buying during the story. The rest of the lesson touches on how money is used in the barter system, how much coins are really worth, and on completing the worksheets that are embedded in the plan. These pages go along with the simulated shopping trip everyone takes. An outstanding, 11-page lesson that has everything you need at your fingertips!
Poetry is everywhere even when it is found in the words of picture books designed for young children. Your young poets continue their development in using and identifying literary devices, and the basic elements of story as they read and explore the words in storytelling. The first activity demonstrates how to find poetry in picture books and progresses into small group collaboration where they search for the literary elements that create found poetry. The activity concludes with the development of a rubric and poetry creation. You can also alot time for presentations of the final product.   
Here is an outstanding instructional activity on wants versus needs designed for 1st graders. Pupils listen to the book, Something Good which presents themes on wants, needs, choice, resources, and counting money. Pupils complete worksheets embedded in the plan on determining value and identifying wants and needs. The wonderful, 11-page plan is well written and has everything you need to successfully implement the teaching ideas. 
After listening to the wonderful book, A Chair for my Mother, young mathematicians engage in an awesome lesson about coins and the value of saving money. The lesson is done in a classic style - everything is beautifully organized, and there are activities and worksheets in the plan that support learning. I can't recommend this lesson highly enough. I love how it combines literature and mathematics!
If you’re a first time teacher of Hamlet—or any Shakespeare play, this resource will help keep your head above water. Included are copies of Hamlet’s soliloquies, worksheets for student work, and high-quality videos that demonstrate to the students what soliloquies do, how actors handle the difficult lines, and demonstrate how difficult it is to be (or not to be) Hamlet. There is plenty of close reading practice in the activities provided.  
Ease into informational text with the lesson suggested here. Part of a unit series, the lesson draws from previous lessons and acts as a natural moment to add in informational text. Class members read one section of My Librarian is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs and determine the main idea of that section. You will need to purchase or find a copy of the text in order to teach this lesson.
There is a difference between the physical and cultural features of a place, and yet one is always influenced by the other. Middle schoolers begin to consider the differences between each and how they interact with a series of scaffolded activities. They start by viewing several photographs in order to determine if their personal views of Europe are the same or different than what the images portray. They complete a T-chart, make inferences about the photos, and confirm the location of the photos on a map. This is an excellent resource with everything needed, just print to teach.
John Moir's Smithsonian article, "The Little Owls That Live Underground," is used to model how a writer develops a main idea in a nonfiction text. Viewers are shown how to collect data about the 5H's (who, what, when, where, why) and 1FunkyH (how) and select those items that best support the main idea. Although part of a series, the video can stand alone and could be used in homeschool or remedial situations.
The best thing about dragonflies is that they make great topics for informational texts. Get those readers excited with a fun and interesting insect-related text passage that can help them increase their comprehension skills. As children read, they will learn all about the dragonfly's life cycle, food preferences, and predators.
Using Hitler's youth rally speech, study the rhetorical triangle, implement the RAFTS writing method, and immerse your learners in World War II history. Hard copies of the speech as well YouTube links are included for analysis. The inquiries for rhetorical analysis are simple and solid. If one is not comfortable using Hitler in the classroom, a different speech can be used and the plan would still be serviceable.  
Analyze and create a well-known, but little studied form of literature: the fable. After learning important vocabulary associated with this genre, use the well-known fable, The Hare and the Tortoise to illustrate the various parts of a fable. This collaborative work as a class should prepare your class for the next creative step: writing and performing their own fable! This resource is great because in addition to an easy-to-follow lesson plan, it provides all the worksheets, graphic organizers, and rubrics students need to feel supported. Note: You will need to provide fables for your class to work with, as this resource only contains the one.
Make sure that your pupils have mastered complex literary nonfiction by the end of the year and use this resource to help get them to that point. After a brief description of the Common Core standard, a list of age-appropriate informational texts is included. Try out the provided quiz on Elie Wiesel's "Hope, Despair, Memory" to see how strong your learners are at tackling a complex text.
Reinforce all those skills you've been teaching with a game of Trivial Pursuit, math style! Each child moves around the game board and attempts to answer each question in order to gain a colored wedge, just like the real game. The difference here is that they need to answer real-world word problems involving fractions and also show their work. Everything you need to play is included and ready to print!
Who was Walt Whitman, and what link does he have to president Abraham Lincoln?  After Lincoln's assassination, Whitman wrote "O Captain! My Captain!" This poem and "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" are the focus of exercises that look at the way the poet crafted his tributes to Lincoln. 
“The Wounded,” the title story from a collection of stories about the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1977-78), is the central text in a World Literature unit examining choices. An anticipation guide, discussion topics, vocabulary list, chalk talk activity, and a resource list are included in the detailed plan that examines the choices made by Lu Xinhua’s characters.
What is it like to be the first person in your family to attend a four-year college? Learners interview a first-generation college student and write a biographical essay. They read a case study, develop interview questions, conduct an interview, then use gathered information to write their papers. 
Learners explore the cultures and civilizations of Mesopotamia. They take a look at the factors that shaped the region, and study the history of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and other ancient wonders of the world. The class is divided up into seven groups. Each one researches and makes a presentation to the class on one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. The lesson is really good, and looks like i will be motivating and enlightening for your middle schoolers.