Teaching with Nonfiction & Informational Texts

Students reading books

The Common Core State Standards encourage reading informational texts from a young age. Through the study of nonfiction, students develop foundational skills for college and career readiness.

Use our library of digital reference books to familiarize students with the structure of informational texts. Their fascinating facts and beautiful illustrations will grab students' attention as you introduce new topics. Browse our teaching resources to find nonfiction book suggestions that develop background knowledge in history, science, and social studies. The discussion questions and activities in each literature guide will help students build skills in research and critical thinking.

Getting Started with Nonfiction & the Common Core

Nonfiction Common Core Reading Activities

Teaching Guides for Biographies

History Teaching Guides

Digital Reference Books for Science

Digital Reference Books for Social Studies

Art & Architecture Teaching Guides

STEM Teaching Guides

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