Researching for Non-Fiction

Finding the information you need for your fact-writing

Series 2 | Lesson 10

Creators | Claire Saxby & Jess McGeachin

In this lesson Jess and Claire will tell us all about research, and how they find the information they need for their books.

And they’ll give us some tips on how we can start researching our own non-fiction books too.

Key Concepts:

  • What ‘research’ means for non-fiction writers and its importance
  • Different types of research
  • How researching a topic can help when stuck


  • How students can use research for their own non-fiction writing
  • Using research to shape writing, without plagiarising

Resources for Researching for Non-Fiction

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students, each with their own activities and supporting resources.

ST Series 2 Lesson 10 Education Resources
  • A guide to using different sources in your non-fiction writing.
  • A worksheet to explore all things research and fact-finding.
  • Examples of how to lay out an exciting, eye-catching non-fiction page.
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About Researching for Non-Fiction Creators

Claire Saxby

Claire Saxby writes award-winning fiction, non-fiction and poetry for young people.

Her work aims to engage, entertain, inform and encourage curiosity.

Claire’s work is published in Australia and internationally.

Her picture book Iceberg, illustrated by fellow Series 2 creator Jess Rackyleft, won the 2022 CBCA Picture Book of the Year.

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Jess McGeachin

Jess is an author and illustrator living in Narrm (Melbourne, Australia).

Jess has published books locally and internationally, with more on the way.

Jess draws quite literally from a day job at Melbourne Museum, where he’s lucky enough to help design exhibitions and occasionally get lost in the basement.

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