Pair Nonfiction with Fiction to Enhance Literacy

One of the biggest changes with incorporating the Common Core curriculum into schools is the emphasis on reading nonfiction. Some teachers worry that more students will be turned off to reading by this change, but more and more teachers are discovering that when fiction and nonfiction are paired, they can significantly improve literacy development. Students […]

10 Ways to Integrate More Nonfiction into your Classroom

By Tammy Common Core has required that we implement more nonfiction into our classroom. It’s so easy in elementary to focus on fiction texts, but sometimes it can be a challenge to find good quality nonfiction texts. Besides purchasing nonfiction books for your classroom library, I have 10 other ideas to help you bring more […]

Research Says / Nonfiction Reading Promotes Student Success

Bryan Goodwin Kirsten B. Miller The average child in the United States spends roughly 4 hours and 29 minutes a day watching TV, 2 hours and 31 minutes listening to music, and 1 hour and 13 minutes playing video games. And how much of their leisure time to do they spend reading nonfiction? Less than […]

5 Reasons Nonfiction Books Are Important for Young Learners

Erin Seagraves When picturing an early childhood classroom, people often imagine children immersed in pretend play scenarios acting out an adventure or celebrating a pretend birthday. The theme of imagination is often mirrored in the types of books that are offered to young children, with picture books and fictional stories typically filling up children’s bookshelves. […]

Making the Shifts

Here we are at the end of 2012. Who would have thought just three years ago that education would be in the position that it is in today—that 46 states, three U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia would have voluntarily agreed to share a set of standards for English language arts and literacy and […]