Get Ready to Celebrate Read Across America Day!

RAATake part in the largest reading event in the United States on Monday, March 2! Gather books and readers for NEA’s Read Across America Day, celebrated on or around the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. For background on the event and additional information, visit the calendar entry, and use the following resources to explore reading and celebrate Dr. Seuss with students:

  • Parody: An Introduction through Poetry
    In exploring examples of parody and writing their own short parodies, students are drawn into a close examination of writers’ form, language, and style.
  • Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat
    Read Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat to your secondary or college students to introduce psychoanalytical criticism. The simple examples in the book can then be applied to more sophisticated works that students read.
  • Relationships with Literature
    This article from English Education describes how preservice teachers reflect on their personal connections to the texts they have read; one student connects to Dr. Seuss’s Great Day for Up. Invite preservice teachers to explore similar issues by reflecting on their own relationships to literature and the importance of encouraging students to build personal connections through events such as Read Across America.

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About Lisa Fink

Lisa Storm Fink is the Project Manager for ReadWriteThink at NCTE. After teaching grades K-4 for almost 9 years, she brought her varied experiences (multi-age classrooms, looping, cooperating teacher for preservice teachers, plus a specialization in Remedial Reading) fulltime to the ReadWriteThink site. Lisa feels lucky to have worked on all parts of the ReadWriteThink site as a writer and reviewer, curriculum developer, and now as Project Manager. She enjoys sharing the site with others during professional development opportunities as well as with her preservice students at the University of Illinois.

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