Get Ready to Celebrate Read Across America Day! - National Council of Teachers of English
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Get Ready to Celebrate Read Across America Day!

RAATake part in the largest reading event in the United States on Monday, March 2! Gather books and readers for NEA’s Read Across America Day, celebrated on or around the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. For background on the event and additional information, visit the calendar entry, and use the following resources to explore reading and celebrate Dr. Seuss with students:

  • Parody: An Introduction through Poetry
    In exploring examples of parody and writing their own short parodies, students are drawn into a close examination of writers’ form, language, and style.
  • Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat
    Read Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat to your secondary or college students to introduce psychoanalytical criticism. The simple examples in the book can then be applied to more sophisticated works that students read.
  • Relationships with Literature
    This article from English Education describes how preservice teachers reflect on their personal connections to the texts they have read; one student connects to Dr. Seuss’s Great Day for Up. Invite preservice teachers to explore similar issues by reflecting on their own relationships to literature and the importance of encouraging students to build personal connections through events such as Read Across America.

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