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September 08

Celebrate International Literacy Day!

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Celebrate International Literacy Day!

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Literacy-Related Event





Out of Many, One People: International Literacy Day (ILD) shines a spotlight on global literacy needs, which goes hand in hand with ILA's mission: literacy for everyone, everywhere.




International Literacy Day is celebrated annually by the International Literacy Association (ILA) and is designed to focus attention on literacy issues. ILA estimates that 780 million adults, nearly two-thirds of whom are women, do not know how to read and write. They also estimate that 94—115 million children worldwide do not have access to education. International Literacy Day is just one way the Association strives to increase literacy around the world.

This year, ILA is focusing on Jamaica to promote the theme "Out of Many, One People" and get in step with the lengths to which students in countries with developing economies have to go to get to school each day. Visit the ILD website to download the ILD activity kit.

Join the global celebration, and be sure to let the International Literacy Association know how you celebrate. Share pictures and videos to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (using the official hashtag #ILD16), or send them to



  • International Literacy Day

    Pledge your commitment on the official #ILD15 website, and discover free printables and other goodies to share with students and colleagues.

  • Little Free Library®

    We're working with Little Free Library® to encourage the construction of community libraries around the world, and you can, too! Download this special kit with instructions on how to build and maintain your own Little Free Library®.


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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Learning Centers: From Shared to Independent Practice

Seven blind mice—see how they spend each day of the week in this lesson that uses the book Seven Blind Mice to guide students through shared reading, writing, and listening activities.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

E-pals Around the World

With e-pals, students develop real-life writing and social experiences, learn the format of a friendly letter and parts of an e-mail message, and discover other cultures, languages, and geographic areas.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Literacy in Cyberspace

It’s not just words on a page (or screen)—reading comprehension involves making sense of the text. When students become aware of the analytical strategies they are using, they can explore the similarities and differences between making sense of print and making sense of a website.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Literature through Letter-Writing Groups

Students discuss literature through a series of letter exchanges, as a one-time assignment or throughout the year with the students discussing, and making connections among, a number of literary works.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Literacy Centers: Getting Started

This lesson gives teachers resources and guidance to create reading, listening, computer, and poetry Literacy Centers in their own classrooms.