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The Iowa Common Core requires students to read both fiction and nonfiction texts. Iowa teachers would benefit from a list of books that will allow them to meet school curricular requirements as well as the Iowa Core requirement. The purpose of this project was to create an annotated bibliography of paired sets of picture books and nonfiction books that correspond to one mid-sized Iowa elementary school's literacy curriculum. The researcher selected units from the school's literacy program that could be taught in a historical context, and then prepared an annotated bibliography consisting of pairs of a historical fiction picture book and a nonfiction book for each of the selected literacy units. Most of the selected books have won multiple awards and have positive reviews in trade journals. The researcher selected narrative nonfiction books and biographies when possible. A review of related literature included the topics of teaching with historical fiction picture books, teaching with nonfiction books, and teaching with thematically related text sets.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Joan Bessman Taylor


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