Putting the Pieces Together: Historical Fiction and the CCSS/C3
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Webinar: Putting the Pieces Together: Historical Fiction and the CCSS/C3
During a recent School Library Journal webinar it was stated that the CCSS were designed to address the issue that the world needs problem-solvers. The universal story structure: Complication, crisis, and resolution - the problem structure. Yet, under the CCSS, the ratio of fiction to nonfiction in schools declines after 4th grade so that by 12th grade, the recommendations call for students to be reading 70% non-fiction. Students need to be able to assess, evaluate, synthesize, and use information; but they also need story. Story is how we learn. It pulls us together around common values. It allows us to connect. In this age of information overload, we're awash in an ocean of data and facts. Story is a way to bridge gaps and promote knowledge and understanding. Historical fiction is a way to "put the pieces together" and support the mission of the CCSS, C3 Framework and NCSS standards.
Instructor: Krista Russell, author of Chasing the Nightbird (September 2011), and The Other Side of Free (October 2013), is a graduate of Agnes Scott College, The London School of Economics and Political Science, and Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. Chasing the Nightbird was winner of the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award for Children's/Young Adult Literature, a 2012 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, a Pennsylvania School Library Association's Young Adult Top 40, and a Parents' Choice Recommended award book.
Fee: $25 members/$35 non-members
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