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By the book: Wisconsin schools emphasize nonfiction over fiction

That helps increase literacy, analytical skills

7:06 AM, Jan. 25, 2013
New language arts standards add non-fictional focu...
New language arts standards add non-fictional focu...: Jan. 22, 2013: First-graders in Stacy Heinz's reading class at Houdini Elementary School in Appleton have active sessions and it doesn't matter if the books are fiction or nonfiction.
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First-graders made their way around the room as Stacy Heinz's reading class at Houdini Elementary School in Appleton 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 that day, students selected books to read on their own, wrote about what they were reading, read for instructors and discussed books. Wisconsin schools long have been ...

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