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The Truth About Nonfiction Reading

Run time: 55:00

We’ve all heard the saying that truth is stranger than fiction. But what about nonfiction? There’s a common perception that students rarely choose to read nonfiction and, when it’s assigned to them, they struggle to comprehend it.

In this webinar, Dr. Gene Kerns puts these statements to the test, sharing research-based insights that challenge three common myths about nonfiction reading:

  • Myth #1: When given a choice, students shy away from nonfiction
  • Myth #2: Students struggle to comprehend nonfiction
  • Myth #3: Educators must strictly manage and monitor students’ nonfiction reading

You’ll leave this session knowing the truth about nonfiction literacy. You’ll also explore practical strategies to inspire and scaffold students’ nonfiction reading at every grade level.


Gene Kerns, EdD, is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance and a nationally acclaimed speaker on assessment, learning progressions, and educational standards. He is co-author of the new book Literacy Reframed: How a Focus on Decoding, Vocabulary, and Background Knowledge Improves Reading Comprehension (2020).

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