“The failure to read aloud to America’s children from birth is a public health crisis in the making,” says a recent USA Today article
. This unit uses Socratic seminar, research activities, journaling, bell work, a video viewing guide, and several other mini-lessons to educate students about the importance of reading to the children in their lives.
Although this is intended to be a week-long unit, there are over ten activities included, so you’ll have freedom to choose lessons that are a good fit for you and your students. All documents are editable Microsoft Word files.
A sample schedule is included below, but it does not include all of the activities you’ll receive.
• Reflection Activity #1
• Literacy Statistics Activity
• Comma Splice Bell Work #1
• Literacy Research Activity— This file includes a list of ways to use the linked
• At the end of class introduce the Five Dollar Challenge Activity with PowerPoint.
• Comma Splice Bell Work #2
• Talking to Babies Demonstration
• Finish up literacy research activity.
• Comma Splice Bell Work #3
• Picture Book Appreciation Activity
• Comma Splice Bell Work #4
• Build An Opinion Activity
• Comma Splice Bell Work #5
• Discuss Five Dollar Challenge
• Wrap-up activity of your choice
We prepare our middle and high school students for so many situations they will encounter in their adult lives: voting, managing money, writing effectively, etc. Why not cover something that could make a huge difference in their future families and even our communities: the importance of early literacy.
Since it addresses several common core standards, this unit is great to use any time of the year, but it works especially well for the end of the year or summer school.
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