• Overview

Nonfiction texts dominate work and school spaces. Being able to navigate the different elements of these texts is essential for success. Just like fictional pieces, nonfiction texts often follow the rule and format of specific genres. Policy documents or business plans read very differently than biographies. Both are nonfiction pieces, yet the way they are structured is very different. For example, in policy pieces and plans, the information typically is sequenced by the progression of the ideas rather than the evolution of the character in the biography.

  • CCSS Alignment (Nonfiction) RI 8.1 – 8.9


Primary Resources



Conversation Starters



Non-fiction Political Books

Persuasive Products


A vision or mission statement; An action plan; A prioritized list; A critique or defense of a vision statement; A grant; An opinion piece; A rationale for a decision; A business plan

Informative Products

Biographical sketches; A new description of an event; A journal entry about a theme; A description of a political model


 Leadership; Psychology; Social Cognition; Learning; Development; Aging; Communication; Motivation; Distortion; Tolerance; Success and failure; Mood; Stress
   Objectives - Student will Defend, Inform or Analyze:


1. Political/psychological problem

2. The vision/mission statement

3. Influential policies/leaders

4. Time/money/manpower

5. Consensus building techniques

6. With SWOT analysis/ opinion polls

7. Self reflective/ goal setting behaviors

8. The action plan

9. Conflicting perspectives

10. Compromises between perspectives

11. Choices balancing roles & responsibility

12. Perception vs. reality

13. Power/authority seen in group dynamics

14. Choices between short/long term goals

15. Inclusiveness of the plan/idea

16. How people think/learn/develop

17. Balance between individual/society benefits

18. Goals & outcomes

19. What success would look like

20. Areas the plan/policy does not cover & why

21. How your own ideas have evolved

22. Articulate a method to gain/maintain consensus

23. How policies will change the future