Nonfiction Resources for High School

Secondary students deserve nonfiction articles and activities made with their needs and interests in mind.

Looking for nonfiction resources for high school students can take time. Free or paid, finding nonfiction that will help you meet standards and interest students can be an endless search.

I am continuously searching for appropriate nonfiction.

Nonfiction resources for high school students - free and paid nonfiction activities that won't bore your students.


I came across a nonfiction resource today – and I think it will interest students. Our students focus on college – and for good reason: many will be there in four years or less.

I was intrigued when I read about Starbucks CEO announcing the company would pay for employee’s college tuition. I was skeptical, but excited.

I worked multiple jobs through college, and I still had loans. A boost would have been helpful. I continued reading about the free college assertion, because I wanted to know how true it was. It is true – for certain locations – and Starbucks employees are ready to get their educations.

Sure enough, my continued researching found an opposing viewpoint today. David Perry wrote this in his article, Is Starbucks the answer to college costs? on CNN:

In fact, it would be a terrible thing for education to become another employer-dependent benefit.  

As a history professor, Perry’s point of view is a given. I can imagine that years ago, the country lauded employers who gave health care benefits, and our country now has a healthcare system that many cannot afford and others view as an inequality.
Thinking about Starbucks and reading Perry’s article got me excited for school to start. I think high school juniors and seniors could read the two articles I’ve linked and analyze both sides. (Hopefully you can use those nonfiction resources, too!) Students could research the start of healthcare benefits provided via employers.
Not only does it pertain to students, the discussion points are endless. Reading different points of view would be a free activity and would help you meet common core goals in nonfiction.
Looking for more nonfiction resources for high school? My store has a free nonfiction activity that covers the Olympics. I show students pictures of previous Olympics to spark interest and begin the nonfiction piece.
For a complete nonfiction unit for high school students, try science-themed nonfiction or marketing analysis.

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