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. I use Common Lit, but sometimes, I want my students off their iPads and not answering multiple choice questions. Plus, I desire my students to hone in on a topic, to really become impassioned about a topic that influences them.

What nonfiction resources for high school do you use? This post contains links from around the web to articles that relate to students. #NonfictionLessons #HighSchoolELA

I came across a nonfiction resource today, and I think it will interest students. Many of our students focus on college. . . and for good reason: some will be there in four years or less.

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

Like many future teachers, 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 (with rules) and Starbucks employees are ready to get their educations.

Sure enough, my continued researching found an opposing viewpoint today. “Starbucks price hike” by Pat Schneider highlights:

Other analysts said the program fails to address systemic problems in higher education and financial aid, and even threatens to exacerbate them.

I see both sides of the situation, and hopefully, students and I would brainstorm and create lists and search similar examples together. 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 an opposing argument 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. Students enjoy nonfiction when it pertains to them and their future, or when it is a controversial topic.

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