From October 13 to 19 this year, teens will be reading for the fun of it, as hundreds of libraries, schools, and bookstores celebrate Teen Read Week. This year's theme is Seek the Unknown @ Your Library®, which encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more — and to become regular library users.
For more literacy activities, check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below.
- Find activities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and explore Hispanic cultures.
- Design a STEM app, and win $10,000 with the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.
- Celebrate the National Day on Writing on October 20!
- Thrills, chills, ghost stories, and pumpkin carving! How will you celebrate Halloween in the classroom?
- Organize by Letters! Use our updated Alphabet Organizer Tool.
- Connect. Get Energized. (Re) Invent Your Future! Register now for the 2013 NCTE Annual Convention.
From the Calendar
- October 6: The Jazz Singer debuted on this day in 1927. Students think about the sound in a movie they have seen multiple times. Then students predict what sounds they expect to hear in a short scene from a film with the sound turned down. (For grades 5–12)
- October 7: Sherman Alexie was born in 1966. Students imagine they have been asked to participate in a museum exhibit, take photos/videos of a significant location, and write or record reflections. Students can also create an exhibit from something they have read. (For grades 3–12)
- October 8: Faith Ringgold was born on October 8, 1930. Students use Ringgold’s books as a springboard for a discussion of race, gender, and civil rights, and then write and illustrate original picture books on these topics. (For grades 5–12)
- October 9: In 1940, musician and peace activist John Lennon was born. After listening to “Imagine,” students reflect on the lyrics and answer questions. Then, they have a chance to write a stanza for their own song. (For grades 9–12)
- October 13: 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 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: Celebrate Columbus Day! Students create a class or individual “Book of Privileges” based on accomplishments that students have achieved and the rewards they have received as a result of their work. (For grades 3–8)
- 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)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on Black Poetry Day, the National Day on Writing, Halloween, and more!
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