Non-Fiction Reading Recommendations for Middle School Students


My students complete a quarterly book project. Each project is within a different genre. I have a small library in the back of my classroom that students where students can check out books. I do my best to stay up to date with YA literature so I can provide recommendations to students and parents.


Common Core Info Text: Titanic Voices from the Disaster


Last year, I read Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson with my 7th Grade Book Club. I chose the book because it is a work of narrative non-fiction, perfect for easing students into Common Core aligned texts. The book is 304 pages/ 1040 Lexile Level and includes an abundance of primary sources from the era of the ship’s sinking. This is particularly useful when teaching Common Core Informational Texts standards. The book includes a seamless balance of narratives from passengers and historical information about the ship.

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