How some teachers mix fiction, nonfiction in the classroom

Some teachers are blending fiction and nonfiction materials in the classroom as they shift to Common Core State Standards, which emphasize informational texts, such as essays and historical documents. Some educators and experts question whether fiction will be completely squeezed out of the classroom. An elementary-school teacher in Baltimore used a blended approach for a unit called "fall fun with friends," in which she read to students from two versions of "The Three Little Pigs," as well as books on weather, pumpkins, apples and friendship.

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