How much fiction and non-fiction are high school students expected to read under the new Common Care State Standards?
A recent article in the Washington Post by Carol Jago, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, separates the fact from fiction on this much discussed topic.
“The claim that the Common Core State Standards have abolished the teaching of literature makes for a great headline. Who wouldn’t get hot and bothered over the idea that high school students will no longer be reading “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Crucible,” and “Invisible Man?” I would be up in arms, too. Fortunately, nothing in the standards supports this claim.”
Carol goes on to add.
“It may be the case that in some schools high school English teachers are being told to cut back on the poetry and teach more informational text. I’m hoping this mistaken directive can soon be reversed. English teachers need to teach more poetry, more fiction, more drama, and more literary nonfiction.”
Read the full article here:
For more on teaching Literature under the Common Core State Standards check out our newest series available this summer: Reading Literature: Fiction, Poetry,and Exercises Based on the Common Core State Standards.