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October 20

Celebrate the National Day on Writing!

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Celebrate the National Day on Writing!

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Literacy-Related Event

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

To draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing Americans engage in and to help make writers from all walks of life aware of their craft, the National Council of Teachers of English has established October 20 as the National Day on Writing. It's important for everyone to share their knowledge about writing, organize participating groups in our schools and/or communities, and transform the public’s understanding of writing and the role it plays in society today.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

Encourage your students to uncover all of the different kinds of writing they do on a daily basis by asking them to keep a list of everything they write, from text messages to school assignments, e-mails to diary entries, in a single day.

After students make a list of everything they wrote in a day, help them see the variety in their writing, both individually and as a class. Post colorful chart paper with age-appropriate questions about purpose, audience, genre or type, and technology around the room. Ask students to brainstorm different categories for each poster based on the writing they did. Write these categories on the posters and then have students contribute examples from their personal lists. Facilitate a gallery walk of the posters once students have contributed to all of them.

Encourage students to view and reflect on all kinds of writing - no matter the purpose, audience, type, or technology.

 

WEBSITES

 

 
  • The National Day on Writing

    Here you will find information about the National Day on Writing initiative, as well as links to a variety of NCTE writing resources and tips for writing.

     

  • Tips for Writers

    Keep these tips from NCTE in mind as you think about your writing.

     

  • NCTE Position Statements on Writing

    This collection of position statements includes the "NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing" and "Writing Now: A Policy Research Brief."

     

  • National Writing Project

    This is the online home of the NWP, a professional development network with the mission of improving student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in the nation's schools.

     

  • The New York Times Learning Network

    The Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content.

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