Readers of Chapel Hill is an initiative started by our America
Reads Tutors that aims to illuminate motivations for reading.
Mirroring the well-received initiative 'People of New York,' the
tutors set out with the hopes of understanding “why do we
read,” and “why is reading important” The answers were
revealing. From answers like, “I like reading because I get to
learn more, especially when it's important books,” to startling
statistics about literacy, the Readers of Chapel Hill help reveal
not only why we like to read, but why it’s crucial. See more:
Readers of Chapel Hill Instagram
America Counts @ UNC
The America Counts tutors at UNC held a Math Jeopardy competition at the after school program for a local middle school. The tutors split up into teams and each team hosted a Jeopardy game for one of the three grades (6,7,8). At the end of the the game the students earned their Jeopardy prize in monopoly money and were then able to use that money to purchase candy. The tutors hoped to not only practice grade appropriate math problems with the students but also emphasize the importance of numeracy in everyday life by asking the students to figure out how much money they needed to purchase candy.
America Reads @ UNC
Literacy is not one-dimensional and this project proves it. With the goal of emphasizing the importance of Music Literacy, our America Reads Tutors created a website with activities that aid us in interpreting songs. It also provides a great way to start conversations with our students about critical reflection and thought in all things.
Check it out here: https://musicandlit.wixsite.com/mysite
Music & Literature Website
Akeelah & the Bee
Movie & Discussion
Akeelah and the Bee is a classic film that details one girl’s desire to win the National Spelling Bee. Our America Reads tutors saw clear ties between the movie and the mission of Scale, and planned an interactive movie night. The movie night features a facilitated conversation regarding themes that were present in the movie and a discussion of what the movie meant to everyone. After being tutors, many attendees mentioned that they were able to make connections that may have been lost on them without having worked with America Reads.
America Reads @ UNC
The literacy magazine serves as a fun tool for students and tutors as it’s filled with fun activities and stories about the past year of service. The magazine is filled with stories from America Reads tutors and students, and provides a reflection on learner-centered tutoring. It is filled with great pictures and activities for everyone to enjoy, and is a perfect opportunity to open a conversation about the importance of literacy and community. Check out the whole magazine here: https://issuu.com/readwriteact/docs/final_nlaw_mag
America Reads @ UNC
Why Literacy Matters Video
This NLAW project sought to understand why UNC students believe that Literacy Matters. In a 3 minute video, this project provides a compilation of answers to the question, “Why does Literacy Matters.” The answers touch on social, cultural, and even political themes and reflect a multifaceted understanding of how literacy impacts us all.
America Reads @ UNC
Achievement Academy of Durham-NCLC
At AAD, we kicked off NLAW by discussing the life of Frederick Douglass and how literacy changed his life’s trajectory. Then we filled out the “Literacy is important to me because…” sheets (I’ll send photos), and I added two more: “I read because…” and “Reading can help me…” Once I got them all excited about reading, I announced the 360 Read-A-Thon which we will be doing in collaboration with DLC and CSTP. If each of us reads 15 minutes, 6 days a week, for 4 weeks, we will have read 360 minutes by the end of February! We are excited to see how the month goes when we all focus on reading a little bit more. There were 17 students at the kickoff, and 7 volunteers will be reading and reporting their minutes with us.
Literacy is important & Read-A-Thon
Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate teamed up with AVID of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools for an event at Estes Hills Elementary School with elementary, middle, and high school learners. 5 elementary school students, 5 middle school students, 13 high school students, and 3 volunteers attended the event. The participants read a book by Katheryn Russell-Brown about trombone player Melba Liston titled Little Melba and Her Big Trombone and worked in teams to complete different activities related to the book and different literacy skills. The activities at the stations included having learners act out scenes from the book with puppets, conduct online research about Melba Liston, write letters from the perspective of Melba Liston, identify and define vocabulary from the book, and complete “Literacy is important to me because…” sheets.
Little Melba and Her Trombone
On February 1st, The Boys and Girls Club of Wake Forest kicked off National Literacy Action Week with a brief historical background to the week and 14 middle school members participated in a seminar about literacy. The seminar focused on News Literacy and the importance of recognizing ‘fake news’ and being a responsible netizen. Members completed a literacy template and food was provided–Bagel Bites. In collaboration with the Keystone Club and Future Leaders of America, we announced a supply drive to donate to Crayons2Calculators. This nonprofit focuses on collecting school supplies for teachers and making sure the classroom has the right materials to foster a learning environment. Supply Drive has been set to run from February 20th-March 4th(this date was set to avoid conflicts with Hygiene week). On February 6th, Brain Gain Read members were encouraged to participate in the event called Tell me a fable. Two students wrote a fairytale with Storycubes and recited their story. On February 8th, the Dot your I’s event was cancelled due to program conflicts.
Our final activity involved running a supply drive where we had middle school members volunteer. We collected pencils, flash drives, post-it notes and other school supplies for BGC-Wake County and Crayons2Calculators.
Communities in Schools of Durham planned a Literacy Game Night for the students in afterschool programs at E.K. Powe and Eno Valley Elementary School. With a grant from scale, we were able to purchase various games such as bananagrams, scrabble slam, and apples to apples and invite the families
and community members to play with our students with the aim of creating a positive and engaging environment where learning can fun. In total, we had about 75 participants and 6 volunteers across both school sites.
Literacy Game Night
Due to changes in class structure at Literacy Connections of Wayne County, traditional gathering style events would not have reached an audience. Therefore, we wrote an article to be published in the local newspaper. We also submitted the article to be published with a local digital news site. The article focused on literacy as an agent for promoting democracy and equality. The article also promoted literacy volunteerism. The article was finally submitted to be published in the agency newsletter, in the hopes of keeping the fight for increased literacy fueled in the center’s supporters.
The Literacy Council teamed up with our local Asheville Scrabble Club to host a literacy game night at Highland Brewing. We had an estimated 20 – 25 participants attend the event, including Literacy Council tutors, community members who heard about the event on Facebook, and others who walked up to us at the venue.
Our sites focused on activism and identity during NLAW. For the first week, one of our sites focused on different historical activists. The kids made trading cards of their activist after reading a book about them. At another site, the children learned about stereotypes, and they thought critically about how these impacted them. This allowed them to see injustices in the world and why activism may be important in regards to their own personal lives. This week, the kids did lessons on recent activist groups. They learned about groups, such as Black Lives Matter and the Women’s March. After, they created a “newspaper” and Instagram page to show how important literacy is in activism.
Activism, Identity & Literacy
On February 7, 2017 at Reading Connections HP, I presented to a High Intermediate ESOL class why being literate is important to be an active citizen. I handed out the definition of literacy according to the Reading Connections website “Literacy is an individual’s ability to read, write and speak in English, compute and solve problems, at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the individuals and in society.”(Adult Education and Family Act, U.S. Congress, 1998). Then I explained why National Literacy Awareness Week is important. We discussed why literacy is the foundation for social justice. At the end of the presentation everyone completed a SCALE worksheet of “Literacy is important to me because…”