Celebrate the National Day on Writing on October 20 by drawing attention to the remarkable variety of writing Americans engage in and to help make writers from all walks of life aware of their craft. Find lesson plans, classroom activities, related websites, and additional resources on the ReadWriteThink calendar.
Find other timely ReadWriteThink calendar entries, new lesson plans, and classroom materials below.
- Justice O’Connor speaks about the importance of civic education in our video interview from the Thinkfinity Education Speaker Series.
- Discover the painters, authors, musicians & historians. Learn more about National Arts and Humanities Month and Verizon Thinkfinity.
- Tell your teacher story! Please share your story in the Open Forum in the NCTE Connected Community and/or in the National Gallery of Writing (in the NCTE Gallery or the Centennial Gallery honoring NCTE's 100th anniversary).
- It’s Earth Science Week—Get out and explore! Verizon Thinkfinity has lessons, activities and interactives to make Earth Science Week a blast.
From the Calendar
- October 13: The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden was dedicated on October 13, 1995. Students select characters that they believe are the most memorable from Cleary’s books and write short persuasive essays to explain their choices. (For grades 1–6)
- October 14: Kodak was issued a film patent on October 14, 1884. Students create a scrapbook of their favorite pieces throughout the year and present it to parents at an end-of-year party. (For grades 1–8)
- October 16: Read a book! The third week of October is Teen Read Week. Students are encouraged to read a variety of books and participate in a book club in celebration of Teen Read Week. (For grades 5–8)
- October 16: Dictionary author Noah Webster was born in 1758. Students play a variation of the game Balderdash to practice vocabulary. (For grades 3–12)
- October 17: Black Poetry Day is celebrated. Books and webpages are gathered that focus on the work of African American poets and students explore the resources and find a poem to contribute to a poetry reading. (For grades 1–12)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on Ursula LeGuin, Pablo Picasso, Jonas Salk, and more!
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