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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Join the African American Read-In Chain

Dear Jaguars and Gladiators,

Join us Monday February 9 as we celebrate the 20th Annual African American Read-in Chain. On this day, schools are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by selecting and reading books authored by African Americans.

The 20th annual African-American Read-In Chain is a national celebration of Black History Month, an affirmation of African American literacy that has become a traditional part of the month's activities. Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English and endorsed by the International Reading Association, this chain of readers has included more than one million readers of all ethnic groups across the country.Reading materials should be selected from works authored by contemporary or historical African-Americans, professional or novice writers.

Suggested activities
· Storytelling
· Poetry readings
· Dramatic presentations
· Translation of works by African American writers
· Discussions of student-selected works
· Audiotapes and videotapes or literary works
· Readings by parents, neighbors, and community members

Encouraged activities
· Readings of auto/biographies of African American contributors to the content areas of science, mathematics, drama, art, music, performing arts, athletics, writing, and history.

· Read the first three chapters of Dope Sick, free, at the AdLit.org website. The entire book will be made available during the month of February.

To be counted as participants, simply:
· Select books authored by African Americans; and
· Add a comment to this post that includes the title and author of the material read to your students


2 comments:

K. Nadel said...

We did a read alound of the first chapter of Dope Sick, in one class on Monday, and then we extended with a read aloud of Thank You M'am on Tuesday.

adisneypP#5 said...

Hey Mrs.
This is Adisney. And i send you a message at your E-mail and i havent had and anwser back yet. In it where the name of the girl that wants to help out too and also asking you when the metings were going to be and time.

With Love
Disney.