International Literacy Day is about focusing attention on worldwide literacy needs. For this International Literacy Day, the International LiteracyAssociation (ILA), formerly the International Reading Association, has compiled a kit of creative classroom ideas and student activities centered on the collective action theme The Power of the People: Start a Literacy Movement. Several activities in the kit encourage teachers to connect their students with another classroom across the globe. ILA’s partners at ePals.com provide an easy platform that teachers can use to find one another. Teachers can share their stories and photos with ILA on social media using the hashtag #ILD15.
Plus: This year ILA is working with Little Free Library to encourage the construction of community libraries around the world. Download the special kit with instructions on how to build and maintain a Little Free Library.
Are you curious how you might integrate computer science in your upper elementary classroom, or are you looking for a unique way to have your students share their favorite books? With technology playing an increasingly important role in every profession, a foundational understanding of computer science is becoming an essential component of student learning. To authentically integrate computer science and literacy, I’m going to teach you how to support your students in using block-based coding to program book trailers.
The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. The initiative was established in 1990 by the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, and since that time, it has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.
The Sejong Writing Competition, presented by the Sejong Cultural Society in collaboration with the Korea Institute, Harvard University, and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, introduces students to Korean culture through literature and poetry. The competition is open to all residents of the United States and Canada regardless of ethnic background.