The implementation of the Common Core State Standards means a greater focus on nonfiction texts in the English language arts curriculum -- a task that special-education teacher Pauline Zdonek says her middle school worked to accomplish organically. Among other things, she writes in this blog post, teachers taught nonfiction texts that read like fiction, such as the memoir "Night." Teachers also used nonfiction texts that incorporate pictures and selected one day each week to focus on those texts, she writes.
How one middle school naturally incorporated more nonfiction texts
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