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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nonfiction Constellations

Marc Aronson's May 14th article in School Library Journal describes the idea of constellations in relation to Common Core standards.  No, he doesn't mean we'll all be focusing our attention on the starry skies, but rather connecting excerpts, passages and writings as if shining stars in the sky to form complete pictures for students.

It reminds of the whole language approach that buzzed around years ago.  The thought of connecting art, literature and other subjects together has always resonated with me.  His examples of passages on the Dust Bowl combined with the investigation of Dorothea Lange's famous photo, Migrant Mother, would appeal to any nonfiction author who approaches research in a very similar manner.   Perhaps Aronson's constellations will inspire teachers to look at nonfiction in a fresh way.  Exciting stuff!