This school year, The New York Times is offering a free, flexible, seven-unit writing curriculum based on real-world genres found not just in The Times, but in all kinds of print and online sources. Woven into each unit are multiple opportunities for students to publish and have their writing read by authentic audiences. Each unit includes writing prompts to help students try out related skills, daily opportunities to practice writing for an authentic audience, guided practice with Mentor Texts, teaching ideas and webinars, and a contest that can serve as a culminating project. To support this year’s contest, The Times is publishing a mentor text-guided practice series that shows how Times journalists write about literature, history, science, and the arts by doing this same kind of contextualizing that helps readers see the relevance of a topic in their lives today. The following units will be offered throughout the 2019–2020 school year: “The Personal Narrative Essay” (September/October), “The Review” (October/November), “Analysis and Connection Making” (December/January), “Informational Writing” (January/February), “Argumentative Writing” (February/March), “Multi-Genre Writing” (April/May), “Independent Reading and Writing” (June–August).
We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a nonprofit advocacy group seeking to diversify the publishing industry, has rolled out an initiative to fight book bans with a grant program targeting schools and libraries in underserved communities.
To support math and STEM understanding, a variety books can help teachers at preK–grade 4 provide meaningful conversations with their students by integrating mathematical understandings through children’s literature. These books are among teachers’ favorites.
The Reach Every Reader initiative—a collaboration among Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Integrated Learning Initiative, and Florida State University—is expanding access to its pioneering Small Wonders app as part of its work to provide comprehensive early literacy solutions through research in education, developmental psychology, and technology.