Teachers nationwide continue to have differing opinions on what Common Core State Standards mean for fiction and nonfiction works in the classroom. While the standards include a new emphasis on nonfiction, supporters say it does not seek to reduce the use of fiction in English classes. Jamie Highfill, who teaches eighth grade at Woodland Junior High School in Fayetteville, Ark., however, says she had to abandon some works of literature and entire sections dealing with comedy, parody and poetry, in favor of portions of Malcolm Gladwell's "Tipping Point," a best-seller about how small ideas can make big changes in society.

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