English class under the Common Core State Standards will not reduce students' reading of literature in favor of technical documents, but entice them to read more of all works -- from poetry to literary nonfiction, writes Carol Jago, associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project. For students to read independently and proficiently, they must read more often than just at school, Jago writes in this guest blog post. "To reverse this trend we need to make English classrooms vibrant places where compelling conversations about great works of literature take place every day," says Jago, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English.

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