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Reading for the Real World: Why Fiction Isn't Enough

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Ansley Brown

on 30 September 2012

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Transcript of Reading for the Real World: Why Fiction Isn't Enough

Reading for the Real World:
Why Fiction Isn't Enough It helps them gain insight into themselves and their world.

It can pique their curiosity and spark their imagination. For many children, fiction often is a powerful pathway into the joy of reading. But reading only starts with fiction. This is vital. . . for a child who does not find pleasure in reading will ultimately become isolated from knowledge and understanding. M. Ansley Brown They deserve to have the greatest success possible in an ELA environment of
increased rigor;
greater emphasis on informational text and text variety; and
performance task assessments. With full implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on the horizon, it is essential that we know how to provide the kind of reading support that best helps our children. What are the Common Core State Standards, anyway? How does this effect what you, as a parent, do to support your child in reading? First, you need to understand the change in expectations. Greater rigor (cognitive demand) means the need for
a strong ability to support opinions and answers with text-based evidence, along with
a greater familiarity with how text elements help readers locate that evidence. This is true with both fiction and nonfiction text. Helping your child learn how to ask and
answer questions while exploring any type of text is a good goal, especially when the questions are being used to make deeper meaning of the text
support, through specific examples, personal opinions about the text, especially
character motivations
plot points
author's style A question about author's style, 2011:
Why would Brian think of his painful memories of The Secret at the time of the crash? What is similar about the two events? What is different?
A question about author's style, 2012:
Brian thinks of his painful memories of The Secret at the time of the crash. What similarities about the two events might cause him to make this connection? Support your opinion with specific references from the text.
From 2012:
On page 36 (2nd paragraph) is the word hordes. Tell what you think it means and what clues in the paragraph make you think it means that. Next, write the dictionary definition. How this looks in the classroom: From the way the White Queen treats Edmund, what is she thinking? Explain how information in the text supports your conclusion.

Although we don’t know where Lucy went when she entered Narnia the second time, we can predict, based on what we know about her character, that she did what? Support your prediction from the text. Critical thinking questions ask kids to "go deeper" with text. Aspects of complexity: Along with questioning skills, parents can
guide their children towards more demanding
texts by looking at indicators of text complexity. Reading Anchor Standards Informational text and nonfiction are not synonymous.
Nonfiction refers to any factual text, such as true stories about specific events and how-to books, For example, a biography is nonfiction, but it is not considered informational text.
Informational text refers to factual text that focuses on whole classes of things and includes such formats as books, magazines, CD-ROMs, brochures, websites, handouts, and encyclopedias. The substantial focus on informational text is
a key shift in Common Core. Examples of quality informational texts for Upper El kids include
Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness books
Books by Seymour Simon
Scientists in the Field books
Kids Discover, Ask, and Odyssey science magazines They require students to use higher order thinking skills such as planning, organizing, analyzing, and producing. Performance tasks measure student understanding of skills by using real-life problems and issues. Sample performance task in social studies Understanding text elements Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium http://www.smarterbalanced.org
SC Department of Education http://ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/190/
Common Core State Standards Initiative http://www.corestandards.org Text elements show the reader where to find information in the text.
They are an aid to comprehension.
Examples are Common Core A Montessori
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