iNK’s award-winning nonfiction authors post 400-word daily essays for kids that can be read in 60 seconds more or less. Each school day The Nonfiction Minute blog features a diverse array of engaging content. The Minutes provide one-of-a-kind connections between nonfiction writing and reading and the latest Common Core Standards for literacy, STEM, and historical curricular content.
Textbook content and writing is boring, and for kids, that kind of reading feels like a chore. Feedback on The Nonfiction Minute resoundingly tells us that students are captivated by the content and often can’t wait to go home and share what they discovered in their daily reading. They also can’t wait to see what’s coming the following day.
The Nonfiction Minutes are geared for upper elementary and middle school students and free for all classrooms. It’s as simple coming to the website to see what's featured for that day We include an MP3 audio file featuring the author reading his or her Minute. So the fascinating content is available to all. Minutes also include original artwork, photography, videos, and primary source material where appropriate. See for yourself why we've had more than 2 million page views since we launched:
How to Extinguish a Fire with a Bag of Potato Chips by moi.
The Mystery of the Blue Marble by Alexandra Siy
How the Composer Handel Used His Music to Help British Orphans by Andrea Warren
Lemuel's Bridge by Roxie Munro
Feel free to browse the archives. Be warned: these Nonfiction Minutes are habit forming. In total, we wrote 180 Minutes, one for each school day. We value our 225,000 visitors and each visitor could be a classroom of kids.
Discover for yourself why we’ve heard from teachers who use The Minutes that they are now dedicated to and enthused over The Nonfiction Minute. They have told us what we already knew, that children need access to interesting and compelling nonfiction in order to grapple with the complex and subtle real world. They’ve told us that our little nutshells of facts are ‘irresistible curiosity accelerators.’ As authors of award-winning nonfiction, each Minute is our way to share our fascination with the world with the best audience—young students. We invite you as teachers and/or parents to take advantage of The Nonfiction Minute this coming school year.
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