Teaching Reading with Nonfiction in NYC: NYT article

This working group has been exploring and discussing the teaching of reading (especially at the post-secondary level) through fiction, which is the focus of traditional literature and English departments.

An article in today’s NYT suggests that elementary students performed better when taught reading through nonfiction:

Nonfiction Curriculum Enhanced Reading Skills, Study Finds

I’d be keen to know more about what skills and processes were emphasized in the fiction vs. non-fiction classrooms, and how success was measured.


About Jennifer Summit

I am a professor of English at Stanford University. My research interests generally focus on the medieval and early modern periods, but I've become increasingly interested in how we might use some of the methodologies and questions that have been generated by the academic subfields of the history of reading and the book to understand the uses of literacy today.
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