Friday is International Literacy Day, which focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education. You can find ways to celebrate and explore the ability to read and write on the ReadWriteThink calendar entry and on the International Reading Association site.
For more literacy activities, check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below.
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From the Calendar
- September 3: Google was formally incorporated this week in 1998. Students are guided in an exploration of search tools and have a discussion about the purposes, benefits, and disadvantages of each. (For grades 5–12)
- September 4: Richard Wright was born in 1908. Students read an appropriate excerpt from Black Boy, discuss the incident in which Richard gets into trouble, and write found poems. (For grades 7–12)
- September 5: In 1952, Paul Fleischman was born on this day. Some of Fleishman’s memories in his essay “My House of Voices” are shared with the class. Students then write a descriptive essay that gives a tour of the voices in their homes, school, etc. (For grades 1–12)
- September 7: Celebrate International Literacy Day! Students spend the day participating in a readathon, kicking off a cross-grade reading buddy program, or making original books to share with community members. (For grades K–12)
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