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Art of storytelling: Why informational text emphasis misses the boat on literacy ed

Education Dive – Autumn A. Arnett

“The recent push toward the exclusive use of analytical and informational texts under Common Core was thought to make students better thinkers and prepare them for college. But experts say this approach is missing a major key to literacy education. Carol Barash, CEO of Story2, and David E. Kirkland, assistant professor in New York University’s Department of Teaching and Learning, have dedicated a significant amount of time studying the importance of the art of storytelling on student success. Barash said despite attempts to increase cognitive ability, the current emphasis on critical and analytical writing, as dictated by the Common Core standards, actually “uses less of the brain” than a story approach to literacy.”(more)

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