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Use of ReadWriteThink Tools and Apps in 2016

As 2016 winds down, I took the opportunity to dig into the analytics to see what users on ReadWriteThink.org used the most in the past year. This week we will look at the use of ReadWriteThink tools and apps, focusing on the Top Ten of 2016.


Timeline Tool and Mobile App

Trading Card Creator and Mobile App

Printing Press

Comic Creator

Cube Creator

Letter Generator

Acrostic Poems Tool and Mobile App

Persuasion Map

Theme Poems Tool and Mobile App

Venn Diagram Tool and Mobile App

Come back next week when we take a look back at the most accessed lesson plans.

Teachers Reading in the Summer

SummerReadingThis week marks the first day of Summer 2016! It’s true that many educators assign reading to their students over the summer. We also know that educators themselves have some books they want to read this summer. The following resources from NCTE provide some suggestions for summer reading for educators.

The author of “Summer Reading: A Reflection” recounts her family’s summer reading which gave her a chance to talk with her children about books and, ultimately, about life.

This Teacher to Teacher column invited teachers to respond to the question, “What Work of Adult Fiction or Nonfiction Do You Recommend to Other Teachers for Summer Reading?

Reading for Fun” includes three teachers’ reflections on their personal reading lives and the reading instruction they provide to students.

For several years the editor of “TYCA to You” compiled annual summer reading lists. The editor states that the reading suggestions “span time and content in ways only voracious readers can.”

A study investigated the relationships between five junior high school teachers’ personal approaches to literature and their teaching of literature in “Teachers Reading/Readers Teaching: Five Teachers’ Personal Approaches to Literature and Their Teaching of Literature“.

When adults and teens read the same book, that shared experience can spark important conversations that might not happen otherwise. Tune in to hear about eight novels that all focus in some way on teens and their complicated relationships with family members, peers, and the larger world.

We here at NCTE pose these questions to you: What is on YOUR reading list this summer? Why? What titles are you recommending to others?

Celebrate African American Writers throughout February

Plan a Read-In for your community. Visit http://www.ncte.org/aari to learn how!
Plan a Read-In for your community. Visit http://www.ncte.org/aari to learn how!

Join over a million readers as part of the Twenty-Seventh National African American Read-In in February 2016! Learn more about what happens at a Read-In in the English Journal article “The African American Read-In: Celebrating Black Writers and Supporting Youth“.

The following links can get you started and provide resources as your students read and explore the works of these African American writers.

For more ideas, see the ReadWriteThink.org Calendar entry for the African American Read-In which includes more lesson plans, classroom activities, and online resources. The ReadWriteThink.org Text Messages podcast “Celebrating the African American Read-In” provides recommendations of both old and new titles by distinguished African American authors who write for teens. Featured books range from historical novels to contemporary explorations of African American life in both urban and suburban settings.

How will you be celebrating the African American Read-In?

Get Ready for the 2016 African American Read-In!

AARI_180Join over a million readers as part of the Twenty-Seventh National African American Read-In in February 2016! The Read-In is sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE along with NCTE. Throughout February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting and coordinating Read-Ins in their communities. Hosting a Read-In can be as simple as bringing together friends to share a book, or as elaborate as arranging public readings and media presentations that feature professional African American writers.

The first event was scheduled for a single Sunday afternoon in February, now it happens across the country all month long. You can learn more about how to start a read in here. Also check out examples of how others have done Read-Ins. Make use of the African American Read-In Toolkit! The toolkit includes complimentary bookmarks, booklists, recent articles, and more.

Listen to an interview with AARI founder Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, NCTE Deputy Executive Director Mila Fuller, and NCTE member Jennifer Watson as they talk about the 25th National African American Read-In: “An Opportunity to Expand Perspectives.”

Enjoying the Voices and Witnessing the Power of African American Literature: Celebrating the AARI at Octorara High School” gives a firsthand account of an evening African American Read-In event for students, faculty, parents, and staff.

David Kirkland, CCCC Chair of the Black Caucus of NCTE, shares in this video clip examples of how the African American Read In (AARI) has influenced participants and communities over the years.

Looking for titles to use during #AARI16? During NCTE 2015 convention, attendees were asked to share their favorite book(s) written by an African American author. This list includes titles and authors recommended by NCTE 2015 Convention Attendees.

How will you be celebrating the African American Read-In? How will you be celebrating the African American Read-In?