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Celebrate reading with young people

03/02/2020

March is National Reading Month and today we celebrate Read Across America Day. The first Read Across America Day launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA), and it has since become the nation’s largest celebration of reading. Schools and communities across the country are celebrating a nation of diverse readers and motivating children and teens to read.

Today is also the birthday of Dr. Seuss – another reason it is the perfect time of year to celebrate reading. It is a great day to read your favorite book by the classic author or any other favorite book. As Dr. Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

How can your school celebrate reading?

Students across the country are celebrating today during various schoolwide events. Some of the most popular events include hosting guest readers and a “Read Across America Storypalooza.”  Schools bring in guest readers from their community as a way to help motivate kids to read and celebrate the diversity in their community and country.  Holding a “Read Across America Storypalooza” event is a great way to encourage students and staff to retell traditional tales or other stories from the classroom.

Here are some additional ideas to celebrate Read Across America Day:

  • Throw a reading party
  • Have a book scavenger hunt
  • Hold a community poetry reading

You can go to Read Across America’s website to find more ideas.

How classrooms are celebrating

Teachers and students are also getting involved with celebrations through classroom activities. Some classes are reading Read Across America’s book of the month together as one way to celebrate the day. Each month Read Across America recommends a book of the month at elementary, middle grade, and teen levels.

March’s book of the month for teens is “Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories” edited by Sarah Lerner. The book highlights the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their emotional journeys. Here at Impero, we care deeply about school safety and discussing these controversial issues with students. You can go to Read Across America’s website to find guiding questions and resources to teach with this book.

As e-books begin to be commonplace, group reading and reading online has become a popular classroom activity. Controlling this activity and preventing students from getting distracted from this reading is essential. Impero Education Pro has broadcast screen functionality perfect for group reading in the classroom, deterring students from accessing other materials whilst in use. To learn more about Impero’s management and monitoring software, click here.

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