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Digital Non-fiction Texts

What is non-fiction?

Non-fiction is writing about REAL:
 - People
    e.g. President Aquino or Mr. Hardiman
 - Places
    e.g. Manila or Tipunan Hall 
 - Ideas
    e.g. worship or knowledge 
 - Experiences
    e.g. transition or performing in a concert

Non-fiction is classified into three main types of writing: Argumentative, Informational, and Narrative.  


Argumentative writing attempts to convince the reader to think about or act on something, or accept a writer’s opinion using evidence for support. 


Informational writing presents facts, discusses ideas, or explains a process. e.g. an explanation of cows; how sound waves work; a recipe.


Narrative writing conveys a real experience. e.g. travel writing.

It is important that you engage with non-fiction, and understand how to read and write each type, because it is probable that 80% of your reading outside of school will be non-fiction.

Here are some resources that might pique your curiosity or opinion.  For the mentor texts we have used for Quick Writes, go to this page. I strongly suggest using a browser extension like clearly or print and pdf to strip away the adverts and other unnecessary additions to the page.  The resources below include articles, blogs, essays, images, interviews, letters, reviews, speeches, videos.

One of my favourite sites for thoughtful articles from a biblical worldview is is a rich source of material written by TCKs covering all kinds of material. I regularly read a blog by an adult TCK

Email me any other resources that interest you - they may interest someone else too. Let me know if any of the links do not work.

I am categorising the texts in a similar way to this list on the NY Times site.

You can also check out the archive page for past articles.


Articles are fairly short in length (unless they are feature articles), focus on facts, but are written from the bias - or point of view - of the author. Traditionally, they have been found in newspapers, journals or magazines, and encyclopedias.  The articles below are from digital sources.

Arts, including Media, Literature and Writing

The end of books

News coverage of the abducted girls in Nigeria

Goodbye, Amazon

Shakespeare's nod to the establishment

The relateability of the theatre

The stars offer their top ten tips

Laura Ingalls Wilder reveals truth behind Little House on the Prairie

What saying "I" a lot says about you

Ban on Ten Boom's Hiding Place

Nearly three quarters of young people prefer print books

A look at the word triflin'

Deaths at South Korean concert

Adorkable words in new Collins dictionary


Why schools are selling their iPads

how family games night helps thinking

Black children worried about their job prospects

Students stage protest over changes to AP curriculum

Education: a casaulty of war

Shelling affects the start of school

History, Culture and Politics

The importance of doing nothing

Why caring about nothing is only for the young

10 theories about how uptalk originated

graffiti in medieval churches

the swimming pool with the long queue

15 myths about the Middle Ages

Young Indians and Pakistanis rewrite their history

What an ALS family thinks of the bucket challenge

United States of Sweets

Welcome to the billion man slum

Prisoners' children "forgotten victims"

Time to rethink abortion

How Ebola affected Liberia's handshake

The country with one people and 1,200 sausages

Thousands of under-18s caught drink-driving

Truck Drivers talk about crossing the border

Modern Day Slavery: the chocolate trade

Queen visits ceramic poppy war memorial

Deaths on Himalayas continues to rise

Mass graves in Mexico

Why Chinese couples are having their pre-wedding photos in London

Puffer Fish Poisons 11 in Brazil

More people trafficked for labour

Target's response to criticism of its children's clothing

Bedroom of WW1 soldier left the way it was in France

The people who want their language to disappear

Still Paying WW1 debt, 100 years later

Are We Raising A Generation of Helpless Kids?

Youth Parliament Meeting in House of Commons

Packaging "tricks" shoppers


The week in figures


Why the church needs more troublemakers

Taking the easy way

Religious stories and imagination

A letter to my church about Islam

Campus Christian Group banned

Satirical knock on Creationists

Houston Pastors asked To Turn Over Sermons to Mayor

BBC Songs of Praise Changes Format

Midweek service attendance up as people too busy for Sundays


Last creator of Navajo WW2 code dies

No time to think

Malnutrition in the West

Doctors urge later start times for schools

Why teen boys take risks

Where does the difference in American and British accents come from?

10 myths about space from Hollywood

Pod hotels get smaller

New invention creates solar energy and fresh water

The 20 year old who wants to rid the sea of plastic

How sleep affects everything for teens

The beach where lego keeps washing up

Space Plane Mystery Assignment

100 year old notebook from Scott's expedition found in Antarctic ice


How soccer has helped the homeless in Denmark

Qatari women's basketball team banned from games for wearing headscarves

Do the NFL's problems start in college?

Do I Look Like A Man?

How safe is artificial turf?

Soccer's concussion crisis

British-Iranian woman sentenced for attending volleyball match

Is Winning 100 caps still a big deal?

Technology and Social Media

Supermarket mistakenly puts poster meant for staff lounge in shop window

Google VP sets new skydive record


Blogs are a relatively new type of writing.  While somewhat based on the traditional journal, blogs are intentionally written for a wide public audience.  They are a personal expression of the author and can combine all three types of writing.

The problem with little white girls (and boys)

Taking a Sabbath is not for productivity

Dear World: Stop Giving Our Crap To The Poor


Essays are usually medium in length.  They are a reflection by the author on a topic they care about (except, perhaps, those ones you are assigned!).  They usually reveal something about the author's background or attitudes. 

Source of essays written by your peers - I cannot vouch for the content.

So You Think You've Met a TCK? 


It's important to understand that images can be "read".  The person framing the image (or author) is trying to convey a message or produce a specific response.  The saying "a picture is worth a 1000 words" reflects the power of images in achieving this effect. Images have often influenced the public's perception of key historical moments.


Interviews are often about the subject's (the person being interviewed) background or knowledge of an area.  It is important to notice what tone and attitude the interviewer is using as it can influence they way we read the subject.  They may also deliberately influence the subject through emotive language or the way questions are framed.


Letters are personal and often reflective.  They are addressed to a specific reader (even open letters, but these also have a wider audience in mind), about specific concerns.  


A review is an analysis or appreciation of the quality of something experienced by the author.  This might be a film, a book, a restaurant, or an event.  The context (where it is published) determines how formal and detailed it is. is a great source of myriads of reviews on the same film. is the Focus on the Family review site.

Review of TKAM (recent)



Why taking Choir kept me from being Valedictorian (direct from TED website so should be viewable from school)

Advert using Literacy - WARNING - this is an advertisement for whisky.  I am NOT endorsing the drink.  That is precisely what fascinates me about this ad, and makes it worthwhile to write about: Why is an alcoholic beverage advertising itself through an extensive look at literacy and perseverance?  What about the cultural setting?