Friday, January 11, 2013

More on to Literature or Not to Literature

For those of you upset about literature being dropped from the English curriculum, you might want to read this lovely piece written by my friend, Carol Jago. She knows something about the teaching of literature and I think you'll find her insights helpful. This is a must to distribute to middle school and high school English teachers (and their supervisors).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/10/what-english-classes-should-look-like-in-common-core-era/

3 comments:

zputty said...

This is a great article. I would love to see something similar addressing the writing of narratives and poetry. I serve on a committee that works to promote writing in grades 4-8 with a contest that includes publishing winners in an anthology and bringing them to a workshop day complete with awards and "real" author presentations. We have dropped in the number of teachers submitting and many tell us they don't have time for fiction and poetry because "the standards" demand expository and research writing and there is no time for the other. Very frustrating when you know how rewarding this can be for children.

Valerie

Tim Shanahan said...

Common core does require narrative writing too.

T214 said...

I am glad to see more and more articles like this one. For 3 years now, we have been getting the 70/30 rule thrown at us with no one addressing the fact that the "other" subject areas need to pick up the literacy issues more.