Dr. Steven Lynn who is the Dean of the Honors College at the University of South Carolina presents a list of 10 reasons why students need more literature. I agree.
However, where does it say that an increased emphasis on informational text means less reading of literature?
- The expectation is that there will be a 70% split ratio of non-fiction to fiction by grade 11. However, that 70% includes reading from math, science, social studies and technical subjects.
- Now, based on my experience, most, if not all, of the reading in math, social studies, science, and technical subjects will be informational or non-fiction.
- Our state assessment changed from 100% fiction to 100% non-fiction and we did not see a reduction in the teaching of literature.
- In fact, under the Common Core State Standards, literacy is "shared responsibility" across all content areas.
- There should be reading and writing every day in every classroom.
- So, from my point of view, the dramatic expansion in cross-content literacy will serve to increase the reading of both fiction and non-fiction.