Why Nonfiction Reading Is Important
- Grades: 3–5
Students (and teachers) often choose to read fiction texts in the classroom, but it is crucial that we expose our students to nonfiction texts as often as possible. Nonfiction texts allow children to experience the wonder of the world. Facts come alive when books about animals, people, or objects are read to children.
Nonfiction texts build on children's interests and increase vocabulary and background knowledge.
When we help our students become proficient readers of nonfiction texts, we help them become successful at school and in the "real world." Research shows that about 85% of what adults read on a daily basis is nonfiction. Teachers have a great responsibility in teaching students to tackle this genre.