Pupils read more nonfiction

New standards have teachers focusing less on literature

Posted: December 9, 2012 at 2:05 a.m.

Missy Allgood, a sixth-grade language-arts teacher at Helen Tyson Middle School in Springdale, laughs with Maria Pineda on Thursday as they discuss the novel Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy. Allgood is one of several teachers who have combined reading and writing in the classroom to get students to understand and write about what they read.

Bonnie Murray, a sixthgrade language-arts teacher, looked forward to studying The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens with her students.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 15 on 12/09/2012