May 1 to 7 on ReadWriteThink

May is Get Caught Reading Month!May is Get Caught Reading Month, a nationwide public service campaign launched by the Association of American Publishers to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. The celebration is supported by hundreds of celebrities, including LL Cool J, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, and the newest addition, Olivia the Pig.

This week on ReadWriteThink, you can find activities for Get Caught Reading Month and many other events as well as other lesson plans and classroom resources. Have a great week!

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  • May 1: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is in May! Students consider the portrayal of Asians in popular culture by exploring images from classic and contemporary films and comparing them to historical and cultural reference materials.
    (For grades 9–12)
     
  • May 1: May is Get Caught Reading Month! Celebrate by doing a reading-related service project such as planning an intergenerational reading day or organizing a book drive. (For grades K–12)
     
  • May 2: Teacher Appreciation Week honors our teachers. In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, students read a book about a teacher and follow up with an activity related to the book using the Venn Diagram, Letter Generator, Story Map, or Essay Map. (For grades 3–12)
     
  • May 2: Celebrate National Children’s Book Week! Children show support for their favorite Children’s Choice Book award finalist by designing a promotional book cover. (For grades K–6)
     
  • May 3: National Public Radio began broadcasting in 1971. Students make predictions about the content of some of NPR’s programs, then listen to the programs and report on the contents and discuss with the class. (For grades 7–12)
     
  • May 5: It’s Cinco de Mayo. Students research a piece of art, music, dance, literature, or food that suitably represents Mexico and create a presentation for the class. (For grades 7–12)
     
  • Look ahead to next week for literacy activities on blues legend Robert Johnson, Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis, the Puerto Rican Independence movement, and Star Wars creator George Lucas.

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  • Turnitin Debunks Myths Surrounding Plagiarism on the Web — PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — http://hoki.es/mCFilI #
  • Standardized testing leads to standardized teaching, which only works if you have standardized students. One size does not fit all. #
  • Diane Ravitch: Standardized Testing Undermines Teaching : NPR http://hoki.es/m0XPM7 #
  • How to Create Accessible Documents – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://hoki.es/iqbsQ5 #
  • Reader's Almanac: The poet-soldiers of the Civil War: Ambrose Bierce, John W. De Forest, Fitz-James O’Brien, & more: http://hoki.es/kjJba8 #
  • Modern Language Association Adds Office of Scholarly Communication – The Ticker – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://hoki.es/iJYBQL #
  • Assignment: The Flexible Final Project | viz. http://hoki.es/iLF1co #
  • Plagiarism Goes Social – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://hoki.es/iHRdDt #
  • NWP Radio: Stronger Together: State and Regional Networks at Work – National Writing Project http://hoki.es/kCdeur #
  • For Free Food on Their Campus, Hungry Students Consult 'Food-Bot' – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://hoki.es/mb1P5t #
  • Security and the Cloud, Again – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://hoki.es/k0aTNP #
  • Build a Better To Do List – HackCollege – Student-Powered Lifehacking http://hoki.es/iSzSTs #
  • Integrating Tweets Into WordPress Blog Posts – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://hoki.es/kdRekf #
  • Avoiding Grade Appeals – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education http://hoki.es/jbnTKD #
  • 7 Simple To-do List Services for Students | Free Technology for Teachers: http://hoki.es/mU3KLK #
  • Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Set Up Shop on Facebook & Hope Students Will 'Like' It – Chronicle of Higher Ed http://hoki.es/lcq7Dv #
  • Mike Matas: A next-generation digital book | Video on TED.com http://hoki.es/jCLuvo #
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  • What Is a Book? The Definition Continues to Blur – BusinessWeek http://hoki.es/lWdJLg #

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April 24 to 30 on ReadWriteThink

Celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day)!April 30 is El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Developed under the leadership of author Pat Mora, this celebration focuses on providing children with books in many languages and making reading an integral part of their lives.

El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros is supported by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, an ALA affiliate that provides library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking community.

This week on ReadWriteThink, you can find activities for El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros as well as other lesson plans and resources for timely classroom activities. Have a great week!

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