Reading for Literature
Students will become educated members of society by gaining knowledge of themselves and others through the study of literature. Literature is a term used to describe written or spoken material. Broadly speaking, "literature" is used to describe anything from creative writing to more technical or scientific works, but in the Reading for Literature Common Core standards, the term is used to refer to works of the creative imagination, including works of poetry, drama, and fiction. Through extensive reading of stories, drama, poems and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements. Students can only gain this foundation when the curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades. Students also acquire the habits of reading independently and closely, which are essential to their future success.