Monday, November 26, 2012

Why read nonfiction?

A great article spelling out why it's important for students to read compelling narrative nonfiction has just been pointed out to me.  It's called, What Should Children Read?, produced by the New York Times writer, Sara Mosle.

You may be aware that there's a new push in education circles to have students reading and studying great nonfiction as well as great fiction, called The Common Core State Standards which is being adopted by school systems across the country.  (maybe not in Texas, but that's their loss)  By the time they are Seniors in high school, their reading should be half fiction and half nonfiction.

This article makes a great case explaining just WHY it's important for children to read nonfiction and to learn how to write it well.  I recommend that you click on over to read it.

Much thanks to Roberta Gibson who writes the Wrapped in Foil blog for the link.

For some more great children's nonfiction, click on over to the Nonfiction Monday roundup at The Miss Rumphius Effect blog today.
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6 comments:

Fred Bortz said...

Thanks Wendie.

Middle grade science readers enjoy my true story approach. My 20th most recent title Meltdown! The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future (Twenty-First Century Books, 2012) is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a challenging read that focuses on open questions rather than answers.

"Dr. Fred" Bortz

Fred Bortz said...

That's 20th AND most recent....

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

So true about the necessity of more nonfiction reading for our kids - I was just at a workshop at Teacher's College and wrote a post about this:
http://tmsteach.blogspot.com/2012/11/notes-from-tc-part-1-increasing-our.html

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

Thanks for the link. I've also seen this article being shared on FB. Pretty good write-up indeed and quite timely too.

Roberta said...

Glad you found the article useful. :-)

Karen Packard Rhodes said...

As a writer of adult nonfiction, I'm glad to see this trend. Makes me hopeful that there will be readers for my books in the future!