Friday, October 16, 2009

October 20: National Day on Writing

Senate Passes Resolution to Declare Oct. 20
the National Day on Writing!

Recognizing the profound importance of writing in the daily lives of all Americans, the U.S. Senate recently passed a resolution supporting the National Council of Teachers of English outreach initiative that celebrates October 20 as the National Day on Writing. The goal of this resolution is to emphasize the "lifelong process of learning to write and compose for different audiences, purposes, and occasions."

On the National Day on Writing, an online gallery of submitted works will be unveiled for everyone to read and view a wide variety of written and multi-media pieces. Contributions will include an expansive array of stories, poems, recipes, musings, audio, video, and artwork created by Americans of all ages and from all walks of life. You can contribute! And you can start a local gallery!

Learn more about the National Day on Writing.

For thought-provoking articles and extensive activities all about reading and writing, please visit the website of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance.

The NCBLA's most recent reading and outreach project, which is co-sponsored by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, is The Exquisite Corpse Adventure! Read this riveting progressive story online exclusively on Read.Gov, and check out the NCBLA's coordinating educational materials and resources.
And also be sure to check out Reading Rockets' coordinating writing challenge, "The Exquisite Prompt," an activity that provides K-12 students a chance each month (from October through June) to flex their writing muscles with writing prompts and to win fabulous prizes! The deadline for this month's entries is October 31.

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