Balancing fiction and nonfiction
The Common Core Standards call for an appropriate balance between reading fiction and nonfiction as students move from grade to grade. The standards are designed to support instruction that consists of a 50/50 balance between nonfiction and fiction by Grade 4, with the emphasis shifting to 70 percent nonfiction in middle school and high school.
Note that these percentages account for the entire slate of reading materials that a student encounters during the school year (not just at the Learning Center but through the OLS as well), including in science and social studies. It's safe to assume that a significant majority of time spent reading in English classes will include fictional literature. On the other hand, a majority of reading materials in science
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