I’ve posted a few times recently about a really productive way to get more non-fiction into your classroom and get MUCH more out if it when it’s there. The idea is called “embedding non-fiction”… pairing non-fiction articles with fiction texts you are reading. Each text becomes a lens on the other and increases the rate at which students absorb knowledge from each. I describe the idea more comprehensively here, and have blogged examples here, here and here.
We’ve re-cut some of our best video clips to demonstrate key techniques for our upcoming Reading and the Common Core workshop (May 7 and 8 in Albany) and thought folks might enjoy this re-cut of Colleen Driggs embedding non-fiction. (Kudos to video editor John Costello for great work on the clip)
In this case Colleen has chosen a scientific study of bull elephants from Smithsonian—how and why they establish hierarchies. She asks her students to read the article and then use the idea of hierarchies among all male communities to look at the relationships among the greasers in The Outsiders. It’s pretty cool.