Fiction still beneficial to students
| Feb 08, 2011
In an article for The Providence Journal, Julia Steiny recalls that her ninth-grade English teacher assigned the class James Agee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Death in the Family. "She explained, memorably, that her duties as our teacher included exposing us to difficult experiences, including the strong emotion of grief," writes Steiny. "Inevitably, she asserted, every one of us would experience deep sadness in our lives. Of course, she was not wrong."
Like her teacher, Steiny believes that fiction combines literacy skills with stories that broaden our understanding. She laments the replacement of challenging fiction in many schools with informational texts and popular novels such as the Twilight series. To learn more, read the full article.