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March 02

Read Across America Day: Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Readers

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Read Across America Day: Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Readers

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Literacy-Related Event

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

Join NEA’s Read Across America to celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

Read Across America has celebrated books and reading since 1998. This year, there are even more opportunities:

• Encourage adults to spend more time reading to children

• Share stories that raise up the many voices that need to be amplified and heard

• Use books to help students discover their own voices and learn from the voices of others

• Encourage readers to believe in themselves and use their voices and stories for positive change

Use the Read Across America Day calendarBuild Your Stack® posts, and ReadWriteThink.org resources to support these efforts.

WEBSITES

 

 
  • NEA's Read Across America Day

    Join NEA to celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures.

  • 13 Big Ideas for Celebrating NEA's Read Across America

    NEA is excited to bring Read Across America year-round to help motivate kids to read, bring the joys of reading to students of all ages, and make all children feel valued and welcome.

  • 2019-2020 Read Across America Calendar

    Review the recommended titles in this calendar and the Read Across America poster.

  • Build Your Stack®

    This NCTE initiative is focused exclusively on helping teachers build their book knowledge and their classroom libraries.

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Grades   3 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A Case for Reading - Examining Challenged and Banned Books

Students examine books, selected from the American Library Association Challenged/Banned Books list, and write persuasive pieces expressing their views about what should be done with the books at their school.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Thoughtful Threads: Sparking Rich Online Discussions

Today's students love chatting online with friends. This lesson combines that love with literature. Students form literature circles and have meaningful online discussions about a literary work.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Recording Readers Theatre: Developing Comprehension and Fluency With Audio Texts

Students investigate audio texts of mystery stories, evaluate them in terms of both literary and audio qualities, and create Readers Theatre scripts, which they use to record their own podcasts.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Reading, Writing, Haiku Hiking! A Class Book of Picturesque Poems

Students learn haiku
write descriptive poems
and share with the class.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A World of Readers: Libraries Around the World

Bookworms will enjoy the bytes they find in this lesson as they research and share information about online library services in places around the world.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Enchanting Readers with Revisionist Fairy Tales

Students examine three examples of revisionist fairy tales in which female characters act in empowered roles rather than behaving helpless and submissive.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Choosing the Right Book: Strategies for Beginning Readers

Students make purposeful choices for their reading materials, thinking about their reasons for reading a book and using strategies to match books to their abilities.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Developing Reading Plans to Support Independent Reading

Students analyze their past readings and use that knowledge to create reading plans for the future.