Keeping Nonfiction Creative for Gifted Students
Keeping Nonfiction Creative for Gifted Students
PUBLISHED: Thursday, May 02, 2013 by Bethany Johnsen

Some teachers fear that the Common Core State Standards’ emphasis on nonfiction will exacerbate a problem already noted in our education system: discouragement of creativity. In an Education Week article called “Inspiring Creativity Through Nonfiction Texts,” one teacher argues that this need not be the case, describing some of his own nonfiction assignments—which can include asking students to compare the Declaration of Independence and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” In this spirit, we are sharing a few resources to help keep nonfiction materials fresh and thought-provoking for your gifted students.

  • Educurious offers a free unit, “Mining Personal Histories,” that gives nonfiction text the angle of personal interest that we often look for in literature.
  • The New York Times learning blog features suggestions for integrating its print and Web resources in your classroom in fun ways. This can include pulling in nonfiction articles to help students contextualize and understand a work of literature, as in the entry “Teaching The Great Gatsby With The New York Times.”
  • This National Writing Project article can help you turn a unit on creative nonfiction into practice writing the perfect college admissions essay.