Make your plans for El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), which takes place on Tuesday, April 30th.
Developed under the leadership of author Pat Mora, this event focuses on providing children with books in many languages and making reading an integral part of their lives. It’s a wonderful time to have students read, write, and share multilingual stories with one another.
For classroom materials on other timely topics, just keep reading! We have materials on William Shakespeare, Coretta Scott King, the Library of Congress, and more!
- Join the conversation about Mobile Learning and about teaching the CCSS in the Reading and Language Arts group. Add a substantive comment to the highlighted convention session discussion questions before April 28 to be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.
- Think green with ReadWriteThink! Inspire students to protect the environment with Earth Day activities.
- Want to Contribute to ReadWriteThink.org? We’re always on the lookout for classroom-tested, evidence-based lesson plans, printouts, and strategy guides.
- Encourage students to enter the Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards for a chance at prizes up to $5,000.
- May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Find lesson plans and resources on the ReadWriteThink calendar.
From the Calendar
- April 20: Celebrate author Mary Hoffman's birthday today. Students write original picture books based on their own aspirations and dreams and share with the class or with younger students. (For grades 1–9)
- April 21: Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, was born on this day. Students write their own “Junie B.” stories, based on the Junie B. Jones series, after brainstorming issues they’ve experienced during the school year. (For grades 1–6)
- April 22: Celebrate Earth Day! In celebration of Earth Day, students research famous environmentalists and write letters to them asking for their opinions on current issues and turn their letters into a poem. (For grades 3–12)
- April 23: In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day. Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O. (For grades 1–12)
- April 24: On this day in 1800, Congress approved the purchase of books to start the Library of Congress. Students practice and refine research skills by visiting the Library of Congress website and conducting a research project. (For grades 7–12)
- April 26: The Spanish town of Guernica was bombed on this date in 1937. After viewing Picasso’s Guernica, students are provided with background information, share their impressions, and write about Picasso’s purpose in creating the painting. (For grades 3–12)
- April 27: Coretta Scott King was born on this day in 1927. Students do a book report assignment based on a current or past winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award. (For grades 3–12)
- April 27: Playwright August Wilson was born in 1945. Students use the Timeline Tool and Drama Map to create a decade-by-decade record and play of their community’s history. (For grades 9–12)
- April 28: Author Lois Duncan was born on this date in 1934. Mysteries are shared with students for them to solve and brainstorm the attributes of a good mystery. Small groups then compose short mysteries using the Mystery Cube. (For grades 3–12)
- April 29: Poet Yusef Komunyakaa was born in 1947. Students explore imagery with Komunyakaa’s poem “Camouflaging the Chimera.” (For grades 8–12)
- April 30: Celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day)! Using the Book Cover Creator, students write and share their own multilingual stories. (For grades 3–8)
- Next month, find lesson plans and activities on reading, teacher appreciation, Cinco de Mayo, Asian Pacific American Heritage, and more!
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