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Saturday, March 16, 2013

How nonfiction teaches scientific problem-solving - courtesy of SmartBrief


Reading fiction is not the same as reading non-fiction.  We need to accept this and rethink what we are being asked to teach according to the CCSS.

Nonfiction works written by scientists can help illustrate the process of inquiry, problem-solving and discovery for students, and satisfy common core goals, educators Myra Zarnowski, Marc Aronson and Mary Ann Cappiello write. They offer examples of book titles and questions to pose when discussing books they consider "literature of inquiry." "Teachers have reported that when students closely follow an unfolding inquiry, they feel as if they are accompanying the scientists on their journey," they write. School Library Journal Bookmark and Share