On October 20 and 21, writers across the United States will be celebrating the remarkable variety of writing they engage in by talking about and posting on the writing that they do and how they #write2connect.
This year you can join Penny Kittle (@pennykittle) and Katherine Sokolowski (@katsok) on Sunday, October 20, at 8 p.m. ET, for a Twitter Chat (#nctechat) celebrating the National Day on Writing! On October 21, tweet out the way you use writing to make connections and post them to Twitter using the hashtag #write2connect and, if space allows, #dayonwriting.
You can find more ways to celebrate in the Reading and Language Arts Group on the Thinkfinity Community site. For more literacy activities, check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below.
- Design a STEM app, and win $10,000 with the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.
- Get ready for next month! November is National American Indian Heritage Month.
- Plan now for National Family Literacy Day, which takes place November 1.
- 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 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)
- October 20: Celebrate the National Day on Writing! Students examine the different ways that they write and view all kinds of writing at the National Gallery of Writing. (For grades K–12)
- October 21: Ursula K. LeGuin was born on this day in 1929. Students examine realistic and non-realistic elements of a familiar fantasy story of their choice. (For grades 5–10)
- October 23: Author Laurie Halse Anderson was born today. Laurie Halse Anderson, the New York Times-bestselling author who is known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, was born on this day in 1961. (For grades 9–12)
- October 25: Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881. Students view a Picasso piece, write their impressions, and share. Students can create their own Picasso-style art using the interactive Picassohead. (For grades 5–10)
- October 28: Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine, was born in 1914. After learning about Dr. Salk, students interview a family member or someone they know who remembers the polio epidemic. (For grades 5–12)
- October 31: Celebrate Halloween! Students research information on Halloween, create masks or costumes from a text they are reading, or write a narrative essay describing their best Halloween. (For grades 3–8)
- In November, find lesson plans and activities on the Gettysburg Address, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and more!
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