The Great American Eclipse in ELA: Nonfiction

The Great American Eclipse in ELA: Nonfiction

On Monday, August 21 the United States will experience a Solar Eclipse. Even if you are not in the narrow band running from Oregon to South Carolina that will experience a total eclipse, most of the continental United States will be able to view at least a 70% eclipse. Nicknamed the Great American Eclipse, people across the country are planning fun ways to experience this rare and exciting event. We’ve collected a few nonfiction resources for you to supplement your students’ learning or prepare for your own viewing party:


General Information:

NASA has TONS of great information about the 2017 eclipse, eclipse science and past eclipses. Check it out here:

You can also watch out a simulation of what the eclipse will look like at your location here:



It’s important to never look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse. If you don’t have special solar viewing glasses available, check out this video on how to make your own pinhole viewing camera from an old box. Pinhole cameras are another safe way to view the eclipse.

NASA also has a few suggestions for way to DIY a way to safely view the eclipse:

If you’d like to further explore the science of eclipses in your classroom, and even create your own simulator, check out this article:



The following nonfiction texts explore the science and history of eclipses and examine just what it is about this celestial event that people find so fascinating:

Has the eclipse sparked an interest in astronomy and sky science? Check out the following resources to learn more:

Is it the thrill of discovery that really excites you? The following books tell the stories of others whose curiosity about the world around them led to great things:

Stay tuned for Part II of The Great American Eclipse in ELA focusing on literature and fiction, coming later this week.


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