Schools in Missouri are starting to make reading a larger part of the curriculum as the Common Core State Standards bring more nonfiction material to classrooms.
Students may be assigned to read academic or news articles about the civil rights movement in the 1960s while they study the novel "The Watsons Go to Birmingham," said literacy coordinator Shelley Willott.
"We're trying to make the connection and understand the relevance of what they are reading," Willott said.

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