In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to Philadelphia—very excited to attend the School Library Journal 2012 Leadership Summit. I’m one of the authors speaking on the panel, “Nonfiction at the Fore of the Common Core.”
Boy, am I looking forward to it: I love hanging out with librarians (who, I have discovered over the years, have not only chosen their field for the glamorous lifestyle and high pay; they also just plain love books). I also love ‘talking shop’ with other authors.
On the panel, I’ll get to do both.
To get ready, I’ve started reading more about The Common Core State Standards (which have now been formally adopted by 45 states and three territories.) The CCSS ask teachers and librarians to use both fiction and—happily—nonfiction to help their students build reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
Good stuff, right? But what if you are a busy teacher or librarian? How do you implement CCSS in your daily life?
Luckily, there are a couple of terrific blogs to help you.
The Classroom Bookshelf posts a weekly entry on a recently published book, including many nonfiction titles. Each entry includes a book review, followed by a series of lesson plan ideas and links to additional resources for expanding on the text.
Recently, the blog had a very helpful entry specifically on the different types of nonfiction, an overview of how each type might be used in the classroom or library, and then a list of resources for finding great nonfiction titles.
From their resource list, I discovered another terrific blog that also highlights nonfiction texts and offers instructional ideas: The Uncommon Corps. The blog is subtitled, “Champions of Nonfiction Literature for Children and Young Adults,” and while there is no evidence of tights and capes in their group photo, they look like superheroes to me.