Sunday, July 24, 2011

As the focus on Nonfiction increases, many debate what balance is best for students. Here are some ideas courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Why fiction writing should be taught in elementary schools
Teacher and author Gaetan Pappalardo says elementary-school students should be encouraged to write from their imaginations and create original stories. Teachers should go beyond the traditional reality-based writing assignment and allow students to write fiction -- the first literary genre to which most were exposed -- allowing them to develop insight and consider life issues such as courage, evil, loyalty and love, he writes. Edutopia.org/Gaetan Pappalardo's blog (7/18)

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