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Celebrate African American Writers throughout February 
from NCTE INBOX 1-23-13

Join over a million readers in the Twenty-Fourth National African American Read-In in February 2013! You may hold a Read-In with your school, community, or professional or social group. Learn more about what happens at a Read-In by reading the English Journal article "The African American Read-In: Celebrating Black Writers and Supporting Youth" (G). You'll also find impressions from a Virginia teacher in this piece.

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

  • Walter Dean Myers believes that a primary cause of lack of inspiration in readers is their difficulty decoding meaning because of language and societal differences. In his article "Writing for the Uninspired Reader" (M-S) he explains how he strives to reach uninspired readers, particularly those living in the inner city, by writing using their language and contexts.


 For more ideas, see the calendar entry for the African American Read-In (G), which includes more lesson plans, classroom activities, and online resources. The Text Messages podcast "Celebrating the African American Read-In" (M-S) 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.


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