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Celebrate Teen Read Week!
from NCTE INBOX 10-9-12 

Be part of Teen Read Week 2012 with the theme, "It Came from the Library!" Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms -- books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks, and more -- and to become regular library users. A suggested application of this year's theme is "It Came from the Library . . . and into a movie theater!" See this calendar entry for more on Teen Read Week, and explore more with the following resources from and NCTE.

In this lesson, elementary students compare a book to its film adaptation, and then perform readers theater of a scene from the book that they feel was not well represented in the movie version.

Students compare and analyze novels and the movies adapted from them in this lesson plan. They design new DVD covers and related inserts for the movies, reflecting their response to the movie version.

This educator contends that background knowledge of video games helps students succeed in understanding and enjoying game-based texts, which she incorporates into her classroom library as encouragement for a habit of reading and as a bridge to increasingly difficult texts. 

Read more about how to move beyond basic comparisons of literature and film and help students learn to analyze the techniques and changes film directors choose when translating literature to the screen.

Reading in the DarkReading in the Dark: Using Film as a Tool in the English Classroom makes direct links between film and literary study by addressing reading strategies (e.g., predicting, responding, questioning, and storyboarding) and key aspects of textual analysis.

Students create storyboards to compare and contrast a book and its film adaptation in this lesson plan from

Reading Shakespeare Film FirstThe author of Reading Shakespeare Film First asserts that we need to read Shakespeare in triplicate -- as the stuff of transformative literature, theater, and film -- arguing that the potential for the mutual reinforcement and transfer of twenty-first-century literacy skills between text and film is too promising for classroom teachers to overlook.

This year, bestselling author John Green was named the 2012 Teen Read Week spokesperson. Listen to the Text Messages podcast episode A Conversation with John Green to hear him discuss why he writes for teens, what he believes readers can gain from their English classes, and some of the thinking behind one of his books, Paper Towns. As Teen Read Week spokesperson, Green will host a national kick-off event and judge a book trailer contest in which teens are challenged to create a brief video about their favorite book. Invite your students to do the same with Book Report Alternative: Creating Reading Excitement with Book Trailers.



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