Nonfiction texts and Teaching Resources

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In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's true-crime classic is sometimes regarded as the first nonfiction novel. No little controversy has stemmed from the fact that portions of the book deviate from the facts of the case Capote was reporting on.

A great book for demonstrating that even nonfiction isn't always 100% true.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

One of the most famous slave narratives, Douglass's autobiographical treatise details his abuse at the hands of merciless slave owners, his realization that literacy is powerful, and his struggle for freedom.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl tells of the unique horrors female slaves faced on plantations in antebellum America.

A great companion piece to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and essential for a more complete picture of America's history.



Elie Wiesel and his family were captured by the Nazis and forced into brutal concentration camps. This is the story of Wiesel's experiences in this dehumanizing environment.

Possibly the most important work of Holocaust literature, Night is a testimony to the horrors the Nazis inflicted on other humans; it's Wiesel's safeguard against these events ever being forgotten.

Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie

Frank conversations between a dying college professor and his former pupil provide Tuesdays with Morrie with its inspirational power.

Touching on universal subjects such as love, compassion, and happiness, the conversations in this book changed the author's life — and they may change the lives of your students as well.

Into the Wild

Into the Wild

A young man, Christopher McCandless, decides to leave society and attempt to live on his own in the wilderness. He dies not long after under mysterious circumstances.

Jon Krakauer retraces the story and tries to determine what happened to McCandless. Touching on themes of the individual vs. society, this is a must-read in our always-connected age.

More essential nonfiction texts and teaching resources

Reading informational Texts*

Reading Informational Texts - Book I

Each book in our Reading Informational Texts series collects several nonfiction texts in multiple genres: court opinions, historical documents, speeches, newspaper/magazine articles, and others.

Each text is annotated to help students learn to navigate these genres, and every text comes with an essay question and multiple short-answer questions that demand rigorous analysis.

Grades 7 – 12.

Essential American Documents and Speeches Vol. One*

Essential American Documents and Speeches - Volume One

This anthology collects several important texts from the entirety of American history, representing landmark decisions and important shifts in American political and ethical philosophies.

Historical context and rhetorical analysis for each text help students both comprehend and analyze these works more deeply. Pre-reading questions help students identify important sections in each work.

Intended for grades 9 and 10.

Essential American Documents and Speeches Vol. Two*

Essential American Documents and Speeches - Volume Two

Essential American Documents and Speeches Vol. Two adds even more important American texts to your classroom. Both these books will help you save time searching for rigorous nonfiction texts.

Intended for grades 11 and 12.

Reading & Analyzing Nonfiction: Slant, Spin & Bias*

Reading & Analyzing Nonfiction: Slant, Spin & Bias

We like to think of nonfiction as objective, but all writing contains bias — writers are only human, after all.

Teach your students how to identify slant, spin, and bias in the nonfiction they read and encounter in their daily lives: newspapers, biographies, speeches, advertisements, and more.

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* These items are not part of the INFORM coupon code promotion.

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