Free Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for
Nonfiction Teaching Resources

Aimed at grades 11 and 12, our Canadian nonfiction teaching resources feature excerpts from past finalists and winners of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, along with sections for teachers on general curriculum principles, the author’s biography, a book synopsis, and interesting student activities.

Share them with a high school educator today! 

Volume 3

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Volumes 1 and 2

CdnNonfictionTR Vol1 CdnNonfictionTR Vol2

Individual Lessons

Volume 1

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Volume 2

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Volume 3

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The purpose of these teaching resources is to help high-school educators explore contemporary Canadian nonfiction with students in senior grades by introducing them to the books nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The prize is awarded for literary excellence in Canadian nonfiction that demonstrates a distinctive voice and a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. The lessons in this teaching resource will help students explore the excerpts from the books while developing their inquiry, critical thinking, analysis, and interpretation skills.

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An interactive iBook version of Volume 3 is also available for iPad-friendly classrooms.



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