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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





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.




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.




  • 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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Activities & Projects

Grades   K – 2  |  Activity & Project

Take a Closer Look: Write Around the Room

With a piece of paper and a pen, kids can learn anywhere! This activity gets kids writing, looking closely at letters, and learning some new words in any room of the house.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Write a Recipe

Use recipes to help children practice reading and writing step-by-step instructions. Have them sample the results to see how they did.


Grades   K – 2  |  Activity & Project

Note Writing at a Message Center

In this activity, children write short everyday notes, to remind, plan, request, or compliment others.


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Games & Tools

Grades   3 – 8  |  Game & Tool

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator shows children the key parts of a letter and lets them practice writing either a friendly or business letter.


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Tips & How-To's

Grades   6 – 12  |  Tip & How-To

Writing for the Real World

Helping teens notice the variety of writing all around them "in the real world" motivates them to write in genres that are new and engaging and helps them become more fluent, flexible writers.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Tip & How-To

How to Revise and Edit

Once a piece of writing has been revised and major changes have been made, writers edit to make certain that readers won't be confused or distracted by unintentional errors. Read on to learn how to begin editing a piece of writing!


Grades   6 – 8  |  Tip & How-To

Help a Child Write a Book Review

Learning how to evaluate and write a review of a book is an excellent foundation for the critical thinking skills that a child will continue to draw on and refine throughout his or her life.


Grades   3 – 12  |  Tip & How-To

How to Start a Writer's Notebook

Writer's notebooks allow children and teens to take in the world around them and document their daily lives. Use these tips to learn how to start a writer's notebook with your child.


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Podcast Episodes

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Teens as Writers

In honor of NCTE's National Day on Writing, tune in to hear about the growing number of books featuring teens who write.


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