Sunday, November 11, 2012

Scholastic: Common Core Fact vs. Fiction

My Interview with Scholastic
Common Core: Fact vs. Fiction

Scholastic is the home to some of my favorite teaching resources, and I'm honored to be included in their most recent edition of Scholastic Instructor.  The article I'm featured in focuses on the inclusion of expository text in reader's workshop.  

One of my favorite researchers, Nell Duke, states a surprising statistic highlighting how little non-fiction we tend to incorporate in our teaching.  I find that students are naturally curious.  My students crave non-fiction.  They love to seek answers to their questions and dive deep into non-fiction books.  However, I do find that we spend a substantial amount of time focusing on fiction.  I work hard to create a balance of literacy in my classroom. 

I'm quoted in the article stating how I incorporate digital media into our studies:

“We live in an exciting time where our information isn’t solely from thick textbooks but rather from websites, blogs, and magazines,” says Klein. “By introducing students to print-rich materials and digital media, we are shaping an authentic experience for the way they take in information.”

For the full article, please click here to read.  The piece explains why we should include non-fiction in our instruction, what informational text is, what does the Common Core call for, and a few great suggestions for putting this process into practice.  I'm sure you'll recognize a few of the fabulous teachers mentioned in this section!


  1. Thanks for this post, Erin. I just e-mailed it to my principal. (I'm hoping she will find some money hidden away somewhere for some nonfiction books!)

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