Nonfiction Analysis

Below, you'll find links to resources I've created, adapted, or gathered over the years.

Annotating Nonfiction Texts - PRAW


Step 1: Find Sources

Below you’ll find links to some of my favorite sources for current, high-interest nonfiction content for high school students.

Common Lit | An ever-growing collection of free, teacher-created, research-based, and CCSS-aligned resources supporting reading passages that are thematically and topically organized. This site is great for pairing nonfiction reading selections with core content. [FREE]

AllSides | AllSides curates the news from multiple outlets, and rates them on a right-center-left spectrum. According to their about page, AllSides.com "provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant." Their selection of news is frequently updated, intuitively categorized, and easily searchable. [FREE]

Kelly Gallagher’s Article of the Week | Mr. Gallagher’s collection of weekly current events are accessible, high interest and thought-provoking. His site boasts an impressive archive dating back to 2008. [FREE]

Newsela | According to the site, “Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. It's easy and amazing.” Newsela allows the teacher to assign a common reading assignment, but at one of 5 different reading levels, so every student can access the same content, but at a Lexile that is appropriate for them. The site also allows for annotating, collaborating and tracking. [Freemium]

ProCon.org | This Santa Monica-based publicly funded nonprofit outfit seeks to promote "critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format." [FREE]

Dave Stuart Jr.’s Article of the Week | Inspired by Kelly Gallagher’s AoW site above, Mr. Stuart’s site aims to help teachers “grow more effective and more stable in [their] work with students.” You can also take advantage of a free emailed newsletter curating materials from around the web. [FREE]

DOGO News | Accroding to the site, DOGO, which means "young" or "small" in Swahili, seeks "to [empower] kids to engage with digital media in a fun, safe and social environment," updating news daily to stay current. [Freemium]

Arts & Letters Daily | Owned by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Arts and Letters Daily links to a wide spectrum of high quality, high-interest articles, essays and book reviews. Links are added daily and include a brief preview. [FREE]

The New York Times’ Learning Network | This blog includes a sizable, searchable database of lesson plans, categorized by content areas. Register and you will have free access to up to ten full articles of your choice every month from the New York Times. One notable feature is the “Six Questions About the News” post in which current events are examined through a series of questions. Posts include lesson plans and ideas for lesson plans. [Freemium]

Kids Post | Powered by The Washington Post, this news site caters to a younger audience by curating high interest current events to including related activities and games. [Freemium]

The Directory of Open Access Journals |The name says it all. In their own words, “The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.” [FREE]

AVID Weekly | AVID Weekly collects articles from the Washington Post/Bloomberg News and McClatchy-Tribune news services and sorts them for you by publication month, level of difficulty, content area, and adaptability to specific AVID reading strategies. Contact your site’s AVID coordinator or a generous AVID elective instructor for access to this site. All documents, including lesson plans and reading strategy resources are both available online and in pdf form. [Access for AVID programs only]

Georgia Department of Education’s Lexile Framework for Reading in Action | The state of Georgia has compiled a peachy (get it?) database of informational texts categorized by content area (Social Science, Science, Mathematics, and Career, and Technical and Agricultural Education), grade level and Lexile. It is accessible without login credentials . [FREE]

Delancey Place | According to the site: "Delanceyplace is very simply a brief daily email with an excerpt or quote we view as interesting or noteworthy, offered with commentary to provide context. There is no theme, except that most excerpts will come from a non-fiction work, mainly works of history, and we hope will have a more universal relevance than simply the subject of the book from which they came." [FREE]

Step 2: Give the students a structured PRAW-cess

Below you’ll find a video explaining how I used the process as well as related handouts.

Questions or comments? Contact me.