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ERIC Number: EJ991808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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Cultivating a Rich Literacy Classroom: Nonfiction Text Selections
Michaels, Lisa R.
Language and Literacy Spectrum, v22 p43-48 2012
A balanced literacy program provides students with opportunities to interact with texts from a variety of genres. The dawn of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards has paved a natural gateway for students and teachers to regularly engage in reading, discussing, and writing nonfiction. This shift in the standards has inspired educators to design and teach co-curricular lessons and activities, connecting multiple content and special areas. Reading books about artists, musicians and inventors, as well as social, cultural, and political icons, expands the depth and breadth of one's understanding for how their contributions have shaped history. Infusing supplementary nonfiction texts into the curricula also presents students with other perspectives to consider. This takes them beyond the bare bones offered in traditional textbooks. Having access to a diverse selection of nonfiction resources is a critical component of inquiry-based learning. These texts serve to bridge what is being taught in the classroom with real-world experiences and applications. Nonfiction is written and published in numerous formats that appeal to students who possess a wide range of interests and reading abilities.
Descriptors: Reading Assignments, Literary Genres, Nonfiction, Context Effect, Alignment (Education), Core Curriculum, State Standards, Biographies, Literacy, Annotated Bibliographies, Middle Schools
New York State Reading Association. PO Box 874, Albany, NY 12201. Tel: 518-434-4748; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.nysreading.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: New York