How to support literacy in the classroom, part 1

Giving students choices promotes engagement and excitement in reading

How to make sure children have reading material
Ensuring that every child has access to books, both physical and online, is what should galvanize all education-focused organizations. RIF is committed to meeting children where they are, with tools and resources that make reading fun while delivering measurable outcomes. As we “march” into National Reading Month, I hope you will join us in our goal to ensure that every child has the tools they need to read and succeed. We are encouraging children nationwide to read at least one book during this month and count it on our website.

This web page also includes an array of support materials that educators, community partners, and others can use to build events or promotions in schools, childcare centers, community centers, libraries, or other venues. Available resources for download include a poster, flyer, activity sheet, bookmark, certificate, social posts, newsletter copy, and a letter to parents.

3 ways to support literacy in the classroom

1. Poll your students on which topic areas really interest them. Group like-minded students into reading groups and help them find books that appeal to their topic areas on resources such as DOGObooks for Teachers.

2. Partner with a local educator to develop reading lists and book groups in their areas of expertise with a focus on activities that illustrate topics covered in the books. For instance, if a student is interested in science, plan a virtual field trip that focuses on topic areas of interest.

3. Mine the talent in your own community! Local scientists, artists, playwrights, engineers, library scientists, or other professionals can come in and speak to your class or do a virtual Q&A about their interests and the role of reading in their career.

When kids develop strong reading skills, they aren’t the only ones who benefit: We all do. Readers are better prepared and far more likely to thrive and to contribute positively to their families, the economy, and society at large.

[Editor’s note: Look for part 2 of this series on March 8, when we hear from an education expert on the role of literacy in helping students become informed, engaged, and successful citizens.]


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