Write for Rights introduces students to human rights by writing letters to help 10 real young people around the world who are at risk just for their peaceful human rights activism. By participating in Write for Rights, students develop effective writing skills and experience firsthand the power of their words to make a difference. Students’ letters are actually delivered to the people who have the power to positively influence each case. For example, in Write for Rights 2018, letters from students supported and amplified the work of Gulzar Duishenova in Kyrgyzstan and joined the call for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was signed on March 14, 2019. This is a free annual letter-writing project by Amnesty International. To participate, educators simply sign up and then students write letters in their classroom. An Educator’s Guide, Case Sheets, Samples Letters, and other tools are available on Amnesty International’s website. Along with submitting letters, participants can enter an online drawing for a chance to win $500 to travel to Amnesty International’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, in March 2020.
Deadline: Students’ letters should be mailed, either directly using the addresses on the Case Sheets or in one envelope via postal mail, by January 31, 2020.
We’ve talked about the elements of story and creating conflict. Now we’re going to get into structuring the rising action of your classroom’s story. As your students work towards resolving the conflict you’ve introduced, they will traverse different paths that ultimately lead them to a climax and a resolution. These are seven strategies that can be used to guide your students’ stories:
Since 2009 the National Book Foundation has awarded the Innovations in Reading Prize to an individual or organization that inspires readers and engages new audiences with literature. From bicycle-powered libraries that serve a homeless community to empowering Harry Potter fans to build libraries around the world, the Innovations in Reading Prize recognizes literary activists who share the National Book Foundation’s aims to engage readers from all backgrounds.
We Read Too is a directory of hundreds of picture, chapter, middle grade, and young adult books written by authors of color featuring main characters of color. Teachers, students, librarians, or parents can freely download the directory on any iOS or Android device.