Category Archives: Nonfiction Reading

List of Nonfiction Vocabulary Words #Reading #Literacy #Education

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You may wonder what qualifies me to offer up a list of nonfiction vocabulary terms. In the 20+ years that I’ve been employed as an educator, I have written reading curricula that has been used by two different school districts, and I’ve taught nonfiction literacy to fifth through eleventh graders.

Furthermore, when the state of Idaho established its first state-wide standardized tests, the materials I was using at that time were collected for the creation of our standardized tests, since the school where I was working at the time was one of 20 schools selected and surveyed for state-wide curricular analysis.

So now that we’ve established that I’ve got the credentials to create a nonfiction vocabulary list worth sharing, here’s the list of vocabulary terms I use when teaching nonfiction:

Nonfiction Vocabulary for High School English:

  • Inference
  • Explicit
  • Implicit/Imply
  • Point of View
  • Author’s Purpose
  • Author’s Motive
  • Author’s Bias
  • Authenticity
  • Propaganda
  • Primary Source
  • Thesis
  • Summary
  • Details
  • Biographical
  • Autobiographical
  • Chronological Order
  • Works Cited vs. Bibliography
  • Paraphrase
  • Plagiarism
  • Quotation
  • Parenthetical Citation
  • Angle Brackets vs. Square Brackets (and their purposes)
  • Writing Prompt
  • Endnotes
  • Footnotes
  • Superscript
  • Ellipses (and how they’re used when quoting a source)
  • Nonfiction Graphic Novel
  • Rhetoric
  • Evidence
  • Formal Outline

Nonfiction Vocabulary for Middle School Reading Classes:

  • Wikipedia
  • Hyperlink
  • URL
  • Worldbook Encyclopedia
  • Guide Words
  • Reference (the section in a library)
  • Dewey Decimal Classification System
  • Front Matter
  • Title Page
  • Subtitle
  • Publisher’s Information (and where it’s located in a book)
  • Table of Contents
  • Textbox
  • Caption
  • Illustration
  • Graphic
  • Graph
  • Chart
  • About the Author
  • Back Matter
  • Appendices/Appendix
  • Index
  • Timeline
  • Diagram
  • Biography
  • Autobiography




Here’s a great way to get your students to #Read #Nonfiction #Library Books!

Page 1 of a classroom worksheet to accompany a DIY craft project library book.

Visit English Emporium for more free, printable templates, game ideas, and worksheets.

This is only page 1 of the worksheet I’ve used in my classroom while teaching nonfiction reading to my students. It’s a fantastic group activity sheet. And here’s how the activity goes:

  • Bring a cart full of DIY and craft project books from the library into your classroom.
  • Pass out a different book to each student.
  • Divide students into groups of three to five students.
  • Have students work in groups to fill out the worksheet.

Now this is only page 1 of the worksheet. Sorry, but you’ll have to wait until next week to download the second page in the activity!

If you like my free printable worksheets, game ideas, and educational videos, please show your appreciation by liking, tweeting, and pinning! Thanks!

Help your #students build their research #vocabulary with this free #printable from


Last week I posted Page 1 of my Biographical Research vocabulary worksheet. Today I’m posting Page 2. Remember to show your appreciation for my free stuff by liking it, tweeting about it, and generally showing it to the world! Thanks!

Visit for free, printable handouts for teachers.

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#Biography Research #Vocab Wksht is Free @ #Edchat


Here’s my free, printable Biographical Research Vocabulary List. Please show your appreciation by liking, pinning, or tweeting about it! (Page 2 of this list will be posted next week.)

Visit for free, printable handouts for English teachers.

Visit for free, printable handouts for English teachers.

Free, Printable #Encyclopedia Handout for #Teaching Research Papers #EdChat



World Book Encyclopedia Worksheet Printable PDF

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Sorry I’m a little late with my post this time everyone. I normally try to post my handouts and videos on Mondays. But as we approach parent/teacher conference week, I find myself working later and later every day. So please forgive my tardiness in posting this a little late.

In another week or two, I plan to have my students start their “World Leader” research paper projects. This is one of the first handouts I give them. It’s a good “kick-off” for a research paper, I think.

Remember, if you use my free, printable patterns, it’s always thoughtful and kind to like it on FB, tweet about it, and/or pin it to your Pinterest page. 😉

How to #Teach Students to Correctly Cite a Website: #Education


Teaching students that the Internet isn’t an open forum for plagiarism is a daunting task. I mean, everybody uses stuff on the Internet without asking permission. Kids see their parents do it, their friends do it, and even other teachers. It’s the Information Age, for the love of Pete!

But we all know it’s not that simple. When our students grow up to be adults, they’ll probably be working for businesses that function as much online as they do in the real world. These kids have to learn that the Worldwide Web isn’t a free-for-all. We must ask permission to pin or post. We must cite our sources and offer links back to the original posters of information. It’s the legal way of doing things, and by golly, it’s good business.

So here’s my handout for correctly citing a website. I use it with research papers and the like. Should you decide you want to use this document, please show your appreciation by pinning it to your Pinterest page, liking it on Facebook, and/or tweeting about it — yes! You have my permission to do so!

Handout asking key questions of research students, like who publishes this website? When was the website last updated? etc...

This is only Page 1 of this handout. If you want Page 2, please visit my Pinterest page (link below).

If you visit my Pinterest page, you can locate and print Page 2 of this handout.

Want to know where this brilliant idea comes from? I’m Chelly Wood, and although I’ve taught English/language arts for 20+ years, I also moonlight as a YA novelist. My tale of a Latina teen who finds herself pregnant without a baby daddy will be released in July of 2016 by Reputation Books. It’s called Sunkissed Sodas, and you can see the book trailer on my YouTube channel.

Research Paper Website Citation Done the Right Way


This month we’ve looked at a Charlotte Danielson lesson plan on career research papers, handouts on how to correctly cite World Book and Wikipedia, and now I’m going to give you the perfect worksheet to guide your students through the world wide web of research. Yes, they need to know how to correctly cite a website.

This is only page 1 of my Research Paper Website Citation handout. You have to visit my Pinterest Page to get the second half of the handout. However, if you have any trouble at all getting it to download, just leave a comment. I’d be happy to send you one via e-mail.

And remember, if you use my handouts, please pin, tweet, or like them. I really appreciate that!

Worksheet: How to Cite a Website

For the second page, visit my Pinterest page by clicking on the link I’ve provided above.

Remember my name: Chelly Wood. In July of 2016 my first YA novel, Sunkissed Sodas, will be published by Reputation Books. You’ll want to make sure your school’s library has a copy. It’s all about a Latina teen who… well, just visit my YouTube channel to see my book trailer, if you’re interested.