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February 01

Take part in the African American Read-In!

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Take part in the African American Read-In!

Grades K – 12
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Celebrate Black History Month by taking part in the National African American Read-In. Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and NCTE, and endorsed by the International Reading Association, the goal is to document readers making the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.

 

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

The National Director has extended the African American Read-In for the entire month of February, beginning on Saturday, February 1, 2014 and ending on Friday, February 28, 2014.

Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens can make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating community Read-Ins.

Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together family and friends to share a book or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.

To be counted as a participant, simply:

 

WEBSITES

 

 
  • 2014 National African American Read-In

    This webpage from the National Council of Teachers of English is the official homepage for the African American Read-In. Included are details on the role of a host, how to submit the report card, background materials, and booklists for all ages.

     

  • African American Read-In: Suggested Activities

    This University of Minnesota resource provides a list of activities for the Read-In.

     

  • African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

    This Library of Congress exhibit features documents that tell the story of the African American experience, from slavery to civil rights.

     

  • African American World

    This PBS website offers an extensive collection of articles, classroom resources, and reference materials related to African American history and culture.

     

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