For Students: Highlighting Works of Nonfiction

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| By Kristen Dorsch, Mark Mikula, and Michelle Lee |

Feminism. Racial justice. Education for all. Equal rights and opportunity. These social topics are among the rallying cries of 2020. And for several decades, they have been the focus of countless works of nonfiction, including biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs.

These topics, among others, are spotlighted in Gale’s Nonfiction Classics for Students (NCfS) Volume 6 – now available! Included in this volume are 14 entries on works of nonfiction that have never before been covered in NCfS, such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb’s I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, and Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. The classic and contemporary works covered include a discussion of the social, political, cultural, and historical context of each work.

NCfS is specifically designed to meet the curricular needs of high school and undergraduate college students and their teachers. Each work was chosen by an advisory panel of teachers and librarians—experts who have helped us define the information needs of students and ensure the age-appropriateness of this reference’s content. Within the pages of NCfS, young researchers will discover everything they need to complete homework assignments and lead classroom discussions.

Every entry in this For Students series includes an author biography, plot summary, and key figure descriptions; a discussion of the themes, style, and historical context of the work; a critical overview and criticism; and a list of sources, suggestions for further reading, and suggested search terms.

For Students entries contain many classroom-ready features, including:

  • Media adaptations
  • Compare and contrast feature
  • Primary source links
  • Critical thinking questions
  • Classroom activities
  • “What Do I Read Next?” suggestions

Gale’s new For Students special editions provide much-needed representation of literary works for all students, and the collection highlights diversity and inclusion. Special editions include African American Literature for Students, Volume 1 (December 2019) and LGBTQIA+ Literature for Students, Volume 1 (August 2020). Additional special editions planned for future release include Hispanic and Latino American Literature for Students, Volume 1 (August 2021); Native American Literature for Students, Volume 1 (January 2022); Canadian Literature for Students, Volume 1 (June 2022); and Disability Literature for Students, Volume 1 (February 2023).

Nonfiction Classics for Students, Volume 6 is available in print and eBook format on Gale eBooks


About the Authors

Kristen, Mark, and Michelle are senior content developers at Gale, where they work on the K12 Curriculum and Humanities team.


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