A movement is under way to revolutionize the way literature is taught in U.S. schools, reports the New York Times. For years, Lorrie McNeill loved teaching "To Kill a Mockingbird," the Harper Lee classic that many Americans regard as a literary rite of passage. But last fall, for the first time in 15 years, McNeill did not assign "Mockingbird"--or any novel. Instead she turned over all the decisions about which books to read to the students in her seventh- and eighth-grade English classes at Jonesboro Middle School in Georgia. The approach McNeill uses, in which students choose their own books,...

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