Grappling with the way books make students feel—not just analytical skills—should be part of the high-school English curriculum.
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13 April 2016
Up Front: I found this article quite refreshing in it's handling of teaching literature and ELA Common Core, as it addresses both some of the important concerns I have about the focus of the ELA Common Core Standards as well as one of my favorite aspects of the ELA Common Core Standards.
I happen to like the treating of both Literary Reading and Informational Reading as different, but essential reading skill sets. And, if handled skillfully, each skill set can bring an important "value add" to the other; this being one of the core elements of the Google Lit Trips project vision.
Fiction set in the real world by definition seamlessly blends the value of literary reading's appeal to both the head and heart with the real world value of cross-curricular real world informational reading. I finished reading this article feeling justified in my reservations about the Common Core's misdirection of the value of Literary Reading, as well as justified in my appreciation for the benefits to be had by skillful blending the very different skills sets of both literary and informational reading into an enlightenment and understanding that reaches above and beyond that of either skill set alone.
It's not a tug of war, but a cooperative pairing if done well
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