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By the book: Emphasis of nonfiction over fiction changes up the classroom

7:59 AM, Jan. 23, 2013
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First-graders made their way around the room as Stacy Heinz's reading class at Houdini Elementary School got under way.

As the teacher talked to a small group of students about the tale of "The Little Red Hen," an assistant at a table across the classroom helped a child pronounce the word "Louisiana" as she read aloud from the nonfiction book "Hurricane Katrina Dogs" by Michele Dufresne.

For an hour-and-a-half on this fall day, students selected books to read on their own, wrote about what they were reading, read for instructors and discussed books in both large and small groups. ...

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