Informational and Narrative Nonfiction Texts

Actively Learn Thousands of high quality nonfiction and literary texts that include text dependent questions and clarifying annotations to provide scaffolding for struggling readers. Questions are aligned with common core standards and are also labeled by DOK (depth of knowledge).

ReadWorks ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled nonfiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. Free registration allows you to search the database of articles based on grade, lexile, skill/strategy and subject. ReadWorks Digital has the same content with a more interactive format.

Newsela A collection of thousands of articles collected from the daily news. Articles are available at multiple reading levels and are organized into text sets by topic.
NEW - Now includes primary sources, texts of speeches, myths and legends, biographies, and special collections on "dream jobs," and pro/con articles. Use pre-made text sets or create your own.

New York Times Learning Network Articles with accompanying lesson plans and activities from The New York Times. CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 5th-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter the collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard. Articles include text dependent questions that are aligned to common core standards. Each articles has supplemental material including paired texts based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style as well as related media videos, audio clips, and other multimedia that provide context or dimension for this text.

Perspectives for a Diverse America: Central Text Anthology a carefully curated collection of rigorous texts that exemplify anti-bias themes and meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards.

Smithsonian's Teen Tribune Each weekday, TTribune searches the Internet for grade-appropriate stories from reputable news organizations. TTribune selects interesting stories on current events, history, art, culture, and science, and tailors them for different reading level audiences. You can select from four different Lexile levels and some are also available in Spanish.
Digital Public Library of America - Primary Source Sets
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. Drawing online materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States, the sets use letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide.
Literary text sets include: Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Poetry of Maya Angelou and The Poetry of Emily Dickinson, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, and The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.

ISearch searches all of INFOhio's databases. This works best when you have a specific topic in mind.

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50 Reusable Activity Sheets from the New York Times