If you are looking for a way to get your middle school students interested in nonfiction, these passages will definitely help. This document includes four high-interest nonfiction passages. Students will learn unusual but true facts as they practice their close reading and comprehension skills. $
As a middle grade/middle school teacher, parents typically want ideas for how to help their struggling readers. That's tricky, because I just want to say, "Read! Read! Read!" But I know they might need more direction. I made this hand-out and posted it, along with book recommendation lists, as a FREEBIE in my store for you to use too! Link in profile.
The great thing about poetry is that it can be engaging, yet efficient; a couple read-throughs may take only a few minutes and can refresh your students on any number of skills, including close reading, determining central idea, interpreting figurative language, and citing text evidence.