It’s Non-Fiction November! Celebrate with your students

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  If you’re looking for a charitable non-moustachioed way to spend your November, it’s the month for celebrating non-fiction books. This year’s National Non-Fiction November theme is 'The World Around Us', and what better excuse to bring the outside world inside your classroom?

Here is my pick of our resources for reading and writing non-fiction.

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Non-fiction resources

This great Making links between texts learning mat gives students the vocabulary they need to compare texts with other texts and consider how they make sense to ourselves and to the real world. It’s a popular resource and could be used for planning writing or analysing texts.

A heart-warming resource for this chilly month is Comparing views and perspectives on depression. It features two letters including some handy 19th-century tips and Stephen Fry’s reassurance that ‘it will be sunny one day’.

Weird Britain writing tasks will enlighten your students in the weird and wonderful customs of the British. Alternatively, give your students a chance to practise letters of complaint ahead of Christmas disappointments with A letter of complaint, designed for key stage 3.

Teaching packs

Unseen poetry teaching pack
Our two partner teaching packs Reading non-fiction texts and Reading more non-fiction texts are full of texts and exam practice tasks. Each includes a selection of text excerpts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and is designed for GCSE English Language. Reviewed as ‘fantastic’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘amazing,’ the packs have a lot of fans!

Download the packs for free if you’re a Teachit English subscriber, or for £15 if you’re a free member or non-member.
National Non-Fiction November
Poetic terms posters
The Federation of Children’s Book Groups hosts ideas for this yearly celebration of non-fiction. On the website, there’s an inspirational Ted Talk for budding young scientists wishing to change the world for the better and lists of suggested reads.

Throughout the month, there will be competitions, quizzes and giveaways, so look out for #NNFN #TheWorldAroundUs.