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TITLE Read*Write*Now! Share the Fun.SPONS AGENCY Department of Education, Washington, DC.PUB DATE 1999-00-00NOTE 48p.; Printed as a large wall poster, with eight text panels
on the back. A separately-published Spanish version isappended.
PUB TYPE Guides Non-Classroom (055)LANGUAGE English, SpanishEDRS PRICE MF01/PCO2 Plus Postage.DESCRIPTORS *Beginning Reading; *Community Involvement; *Literacy;
Parent Participation; Primary Education; ProgramDevelopment; *Reading Improvement; *Reading Programs; *SkillDevelopment; Summer Programs; Writing Exercises
IDENTIFIERS *America Reads Challenge; Read Write Now
This Read*Write*Nowl activity poster presents, on one side,a colorful image encouraging children to share the fun of reading andwriting, and, on the other side, 6 activity sheets offering fun andchallenging ideas for adults' reading time with children. The activities aredesigned to expand a child's interest in and enthusiasm for reading andwriting while also helping to improve these skills. In addition to theactivities, there is a brief description of the America Reads Challenge and acertificate that can be presented to readers who have reached their readingand writing goals. (RS)
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Dear READ*WRITE*NOW! Friend,
Thank you for accepting the America Reads Challenge! You have joined tens ofthousands ofparents, teachers, students, community and business leaders, librarians and others in
answering President Clinton and Vice President Gore's call to help every child learn to read
well by the end ofthe third grade. Many children lose ground in reading during the summer ifspecial efforts aren't made to keep them reading. We all have a role to play in helping
children become good and independent readers. In fact, research shows that reading just 30
minutes a day with or to a child significantly increases that child's reading ability.
The America Reads Challenge READ*WRITE*NOW! materials were developed to help
support community reading efforts to keep children reading during the summer and afterschool. Launched by Secretary Riley in 1995, READ*WRITE*NOW! provides ideas for families,
teachers, librarians and other learning partners and suggests three easy steps to helpimprove children's reading and writing skills:1) read or write 30 minutes a day five days a week;
2) learn one new vocabulary word every day; and 3) sign up for and use a library card. In addition,
at least one day a week, children should read or write with a learning partner.
This READ*WRITE*NOW! activity poster offers fun and challenging ideas for your readingtime with a child. These activities are designed to expand a child's interest in and enthusiasm
for reading and writing while also helping to improve these skills. You may want to photocopy
the panels and distribute them to a group of children to work on at the same time. In using
these activities, you show that reading is not only fun, but also worthwhile.
In addition to the activities, there is a certificate that you can present to your reader when
he or she has reached the reading and writing goals you have set together. It is important to
set realistic goals that will both challenge and encourage your reader.
Thank you again for accepting the America Reads Challenge. Your participation todaywill help ensure our children's success tomorrow.
Richard W. RileyU.S. Secretary of Education
41ut.Michael S. Rawlings, PresidentPizza Hut, Inc.
William R. Gordon, Executive DirectorAmerican Library Association
No/ William E. Truehart, PresidentReading Is Fundamental,'D Inc.
Richard Robinson, PresidentScholastic Inc.
The Reading Calendar
Reading every day including in the summerhelpsimprove a child's reading skills. These daily activitiesinvolve reading and related skills. Encourage your readerto pick and choose among them and to come up withhis/her own activitiesseven days a week.
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Read the cerealbox.
Invent a code. Useit for sending amessage to afriend,
Make a readingposter. Hang it inyour MOM.
List your favoritefoods. Now putthem in A-B-Corder.
Read a story to afamily member,
Make a list of jeourfavorite books.Share it with afriend.
How manysmaller words canyou make out of"weekend"?
Draw a pictureof a characterfrom a book youare reading.
Read a recipe.Make it for yourfamily's nextmeal.
Make your ownjoke book. Collectjokes and riddlesfrom friends andfamily.
Pretend youare going to visitanother city. Writeto the visitor centerfor moreinformation.
The first UFOwas reported in1947. Read ascience fictionbook in honor ofthis "sighting."
Write a letter to afriend or familymember.
Draw a picturepostcard of animaginary place.Write a messageon the back.
Tape recordyourself readingyour favoritestorybook.
Read a poem.Write one of yourown.
Describe a friendor family memberusing the letters ofhis/her name:SAM=Smart,Athletic, Messy
Talk to yourfamily membersabout their favoritebooks,
Read the words toa song.
Write a story aboutyourself.
Ask a grandparentor older friend totell you a storyabout his or herchildhood.
Cut out wordsfrom a newspaperor a magazine,Paste them onpaper to make atelegram.
Read a scary storywith the lights out,using a flashlight,
Look out awindow and writedown what yousee.
Write a story aboutsomething you likedoing.
Read a story thattakes place inanother country.Find that countryon a map. Whatlanguage is usedthere?
List all of the waysyou used readingtoday.
Write new words toa favorite tune.
Source: Ideas for this calendar were generated by Reading Is Fundamental 4', Inc.
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Map oft,h!,,,United Sta,tes.
Reading lets you visit places you have never been beforeor return to your favorite spots again and again. Throughreading you meet a variety of people from different partsofthe country. Each time you read a book that takes placein a certain state in the United States or in our nation'scapital, color in that state on the map.
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"Mi familia" means "my family" in Spanish. "Family"means all those people who are dear to your heart. Draw apicture ofyour family. On a separate sheet of paper writeabout your family.1. Who are the people in the picture you drew?2. Where does your family live?3. What activities do members ofyour family do together?4. What special traditions (holidays, for example)
do you share?
Even though you cannot judge a book by its cover, a coverdoes act as an advertisement for a book. Draw a cover foryour favorite book.
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Letter to My Favorite Character
Reading a book lets you meet many new people. Oftenby the time the book ends you feel as if you have made anew friend. Write a letter to your favorite character.
Hi! I just read the book
and loved it! You were my favorite character
My favorite 'part was when you
I have several questions to ask you.
Be a Star Book Reporter
Did you ever want to share your favorite book with othersor want to find out what books other kids your age mightlike? Now's your chance to be a star READ*WRITE*NOW!book reporter. As you read a book, fill in the followinginformation:
* Your first name:* City and state where you live:* Title of book:
* Author:* I like this story because:
Then send an e-mail to READWRITENOW@ed.gov using acomputer at home, in a library, in a community center or atyour school. Be sure to ask a family member, teacher,librarian or learning partner for help with logging on to thecomputer and sending the message.
Who knows? Your READ*WRITE*NOW! book reportmay be f