How Do We Celebrate Read Across America in Secondary?
Let's create and celebrate a nation of diverse readers. For Read Across America, let's look at inclusive texts that share our nation's greatest quality - diversity and inclusivity.
This year, we are celebrating with themed days, highlighting trending topics with our students.
Our Student Library Advisory Board will also host a reading panel discussing the inclusivity of modern YA titles available to youth.
We can't wait to change the narrative on Read Across America to become more inclusive and represent the many backgrounds and cultures of our students.
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Let's make learning research skills fun!
Students in 9th grade English classes are working on argumentative writing. In order to apply what they are learning through this unit, students are creating public service announcements on a social issue of their choosing.
To help facilitate this project, I created a Hyperdoc to supplement what our English teachers are including in their classrooms. This helps us all have the same language when communicating.
During the first ten minutes of class, we analyzed political cartoons about social media in pairs. Students had to first analyze what they think the picture is portraying and then convince their partner why they are correct in their analysis. Afterwards, students came back to whole group to share out their experience in trying to convince their partner with little evidence. It was a great conversation starter!
Then, we introduced the Hyperdoc and how to access Opposing Viewpoints, ProCon.org, etc. to begin building their argument for their PSA topic.
We also gave an introduction to how to access and create within Adobe Creative Cloud Express, specifically creating a PSA video.
Was it a lot to pack into one lesson? Yes. Was it worth it so we could all be on the same page before starting the Hyperdoc? Also, yes.
If you have not checked out Adobe Creative Cloud Express (previously Adobe Spark), it's the best. It allows for equitable access to video creation tools, allows for collaboration on a video, and is so easy to share when it's finished. Want to learn more, I'd love to chat with you or you can try it out at express.adobe.com.
Check out the Hyperdoc below and make your own copy.
School Librarian Advocating for Student Voice in Metro Atlanta