The weather delay did not daunt us! Along with the rest of America, we began today with a middle school meeting to celebrate Read Across America! First held in 1998, the National Education Association began Read Across America as a “pep rally” for reading. They picked March 2, Theodore Geisel’s (aka Dr. Seuss) birthday for the annual event.
Eighth grade English teacher and 7-8 advisor, Malorie Seeley-Sherwood initiated and organized our assembly today. She picked House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, as the work of literature, and invited each of the other advisors to join her in reading aloud to the students. “The short vignettes lend themselves nicely and easily to read-alouds,” she told me. “The language is accessible but has vivid descriptions. Cisneros has layers of meaning making it a good choice for a wide age range.”
This morning’s reading will have a follow up activity in this week’s English classes. With the help of the Poughkeepsie based, Spark Media (formerly known as Children’s Media Project), Malorie and 6th and 7th grade teacher, Shirley Rinaldi, will work with the students to adapt a vignette from the book for the screen. They will be linking images and words in a story board.
Many thanks to Malorie for bringing the event to our middle school.