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I am glad we are all discussing this issue, it crosses so many of my passions. But first all of you who were following my discussions with Monica on primary school education and content will want to read Bill Teale, Kathleen Paciga and Jessica Hoffman’s article in The Reading Teacher 61(4), pages 344-348, "Beginning Reading [...]

fiction non fiction

I am glad we are all discussing this issue, it crosses so many of my passions. But first all of you who were following my discussions with Monica on primary school education and content will want to read Bill Teale, Kathleen Paciga and Jessica Hoffman’s article in The Reading Teacher 61(4), pages 344-348, "Beginning Reading [...]

Fictionalizing Nonfiction II

The Background When I visited those 5th graders a couple of weeks ago, I asked them: "is history about the past, or the present?" — as I hoped, they were confused. Some were sure history means the study of the past, some guessed that I must be up to something and hesitated. I said that [...]

Fictionalizing Nonfiction II

The Background When I visited those 5th graders a couple of weeks ago, I asked them: "is history about the past, or the present?" — as I hoped, they were confused. Some were sure history means the study of the past, some guessed that I must be up to something and hesitated. I said that [...]

Fictionalizing Nonfiction

By Popular Request I see on Susan Thomsen’s blog that she would like me to take up the subject of fictionalizing nonfiction. Sure. And, by coincidence, I happen to be working on a faux manuscript — a book that claims to be the journal of a 1849 Gold Rush prospector, and includes many artifacts from [...]

Fictionalizing Nonfiction

By Popular Request I see on Susan Thomsen’s blog that she would like me to take up the subject of fictionalizing nonfiction. Sure. And, by coincidence, I happen to be working on a faux manuscript — a book that claims to be the journal of a 1849 Gold Rush prospector, and includes many artifacts from [...]

Learning From Joe Hill

I Don’t Get It I really am not understanding the apparent tension that Monica’s post and the lack of other posts from teachers here suggests. The undeniable fact is that, outside of some wonderful private schools, students in primary grades are not getting enough social studies or science — content, and in many cases there [...]

Learning From Joe Hill

I Don’t Get It I really am not understanding the apparent tension that Monica’s post and the lack of other posts from teachers here suggests. The undeniable fact is that, outside of some wonderful private schools, students in primary grades are not getting enough social studies or science — content, and in many cases there [...]

The Teacher and Librarian Side

On Nonfiction and Primary School Thanks Becky for your suggestions. What I see in all of your posts is that 1) through fourth grade kids are not getting enough content 2) some teachers themselves do not understand the content they are teaching 3) there is an emphasis on the local and personal that does not [...]

The Teacher and Librarian Side

On Nonfiction and Primary School Thanks Becky for your suggestions. What I see in all of your posts is that 1) through fourth grade kids are not getting enough content 2) some teachers themselves do not understand the content they are teaching 3) there is an emphasis on the local and personal that does not [...]