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Summer Reading and Learning

Summer months offer wonderful opportunities for families, caregivers, and out-of-school educators to help improve reading and writing among children and teens.

NCTE and ReadWriteThink provide these teaching strategies, professional readingsresources, activities, and tools for continued learning all year long! 

 

Teaching Strategies

calendarWhat Happened Today?
The ReadWriteThink calendar is one rich source of summer learning opportunities. Information on the national spelling bee, the birthdays of poets Gwendolyn Brooks and Nikki Giovanni, the history of the dragon boat festival in China, all with accompanying activities and reading, are just a few of the resources. 

Authentic Persuasive Writing to Promote Summer Reading
Devote time during your last weeks of school to promote summer reading by inviting students to create brochures and flyers that suggest books and genres to explore during the summer months.

Language JournalWriting a Relationship: Home–School Journals
Learn how three elementary teachers engaged with the families of children in their classrooms by using home–school journals. The teachers share explanations of process, findings, and implications of using dialogue journals as related to relationships with families and student learning and identify challenges faced in the implementation of dialogue journals. 

Voices from the Middle
Risks, Rewards, and Responsibilities of Using New Literacies in Middle Grades

Read about the work of nine middle grades teachers’ explorations of new literacies, including digital technologies and pop culture, and their implementations in their content area instruction. 

English JournalFacilitating a Summer Reading Book Group Program
Summer book groups enhance and sustain student literacy behaviors over the break, making available an enjoyable social forum for critical-thinking and critical-reading practices to occur naturally. Learn about one groups feelings about reading and how they learned to see reading as an enjoyable and interesting social event. 

English Journal
Summer Program Assists At-Risk High School Students

Learn how a summer job with a high school literacy project for at-risk students helped Katherine Barr teach content reading and writing strategies, strategies that she intends to combine, next time, with reading and writing workshop.

 

Professional Readings 

English JournalMentoring and Teacher Development
Readers will find in this English Journal issue a wealth of articles that assist and inspire teachers, administrators, authors, and teacher educators who want to keep their skills sharp.  Offered are countless reasons, methods, and suggestions for meaningful professional development that can support the efforts of those who know teachers must remain at the center of education as decision makers. 

Language ArtsCollaborations for Change
Collaboration among students, teachers, teacher educators, and community/family members has powerful possibilities in promoting children’s literacy. The process of collaborating involves developing relationships where each others’ strengths and resources are combined to create a synergy that is greater than the parts of the whole. The articles in this Language Arts issue describe how some of these collaborations occur and how the authors have found the time and space to develop a vision for change.

Voices from the MiddleQuality Teaching
In this Voices from the Middle issue attention is focused on teachers as researchers and reflective practitioners. The articles enable educators to examine their own practice and to work to engage in collegial conversations about reflective practice, all serving the goal of improved teaching and learning to better support the growth of their students.

 

 

Resources

ReadWriteThink After School Resources 
Make the most of summer reading and writing opportunities through engaging activities and fun online games and tools.

Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
Interact with excellent books highlighting many and varied uses of language. The 2016 book list from the Children's Literature Assembly invite readers to participate in language play and use innovative texts as models for their own writing.

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award 
Since 1990 NCTE has celebrated reading with this annual award for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction titles for children. Check out the 2016 award winning titles.

NCTE Charlotte Huck Award
This award was established in 2014 to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of fiction for children that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder. Check out the award winning titles.

NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children
The NCTE Poetry Committee recognizes and fosters excellence in children's poetry by exploring ways to acquaint teachers and children with poetry through notable poetry books and verse novels. Check out the 2017 Notable Poetry Books and the 2017 Notable Verse Novels.

Chatting About BooksChatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
Podcasts for Grades K–5 includes chats with kids, parents, and teachers about the best in children's literature for ages 4 through 11. Discussions include reading tips and fun activities to do with children before, during, and after reading. 

Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
Podcasts for Grades 6–12 providing families, educators, out-of-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers. Each episode features in-depth recommendations of titles that will engage and excite teen readers.

 

Conferences

2017 NCTE Annual Convention
America’s Center Convention Complex
St. Louis, Missouri
November 16–19
Preconvention workshops and special events take place November 16 and November 19–21.

"2017 is our year to celebrate ourselves, sing ourselves, sharing and melding our assumptions and our aspirations, 'For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you' (Whitman, "Song of Myself," 1855). And who ultimately benefits from this renewal, this rebuilding, this self-empowerment? Our students today, tomorrow, and forever. We will tell and share our narratives ourselves. We will refuse to lose one single mind among our students. The aim is high, the path wracked with crooks and turns. We are English teachers, and we must recapture our voices, tell our stories, and be about the mission."
- Program Chair Jocelyn A. Chadwick

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