In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8th as International Literacy Day (ILD) in an effort to focus attention on worldwide literacy needs.
The International Reading Association is promoting ILD with the 2014 theme “Lift Off to Literacy” and asking students to devote an additional 60 seconds to literacy every day for 60 days. This helps to develop the habit of reading, writing, listening, and speaking that will lead to lifelong literacy success.
Here are some ideas to add 60 seconds of literacy to your day at home or in the classroom:
- Talk about a book you read to someone in your class or family for 60 seconds today.
- Write for one minute about a favorite book, author, or character.
- Do a 60 internet search for new books you’d like to read and write them down.
- Add 60 seconds to your normal reading time today.
- Find an audio book and listen for at least 60 seconds (I’m sure you’ll listen for more!)
- Grab a newspaper and highlight words you know for 60 seconds.
The possibilities are endless! Let us know what you’re doing to add 60 seconds of literacy to your day. Also, click http://www.reading.org/international-literacy-day-2014/printables to print activity logs, posters, bookmarks, and a participation sign to let everyone know you are accepting the 60-for-60 mission!