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Episode 10 — Celebrating the NCTE African American Read-In


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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

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Grades 6 – 12
Podcast Series Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
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Duration 11:08
Original Air Date Published January 01, 2009

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


Calendar Activities

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Calendar Activities

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 10

Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis was born in 1953.

Students brainstorm a list of civil rights-related issues and use the Acrostic Poems interactive to create poems.


Grades   5 – 9  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 12

Author Jacqueline Woodson was born today.

Students read the poem “February 12, 1963” and write a poem to commemorate their own birthday.


Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 11

Sharon Draper was born on this day in 1952.

Students read a book from one of Draper’s trilogies and then meet to discuss their book with students have read the other two books.


Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1

Take part in the African American Read-In!

Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.


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Podcast Episodes

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode


Even if they are few in number, diverse books do exist. Tune in to hear about recently-published YA titles that celebrate diversity in a range of genres. There’s something for every reader here: comic book superheroes, Civil Rights history, love stories, humorous essays, poetry, artwork, and stories of suspense.


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