Olentangy Local Schools ONE COMMUNITY Conference African American Read-In - NCTE

Every year, hundreds of celebrations of the African American Read-In take place across the country and around the world. These events feature the texts, talks, and discussions by and about African American authors and serve as a way to recognize and amplify their work. 

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Olentangy Local Schools ONE COMMUNITY Conference African American Read-In

February 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

During the month of February, the Equity & Inclusion Team is hosting an “African American Read-In” for the entire district. In order to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, the goal of NCTE’s initiative is to have students read books by Black authors that elevate Black experiences.

Elementary Information:

Students that participate in the book trivia will be entered into a raffle to win a copy of one of Oge Mora’s books! 

This year, we have chosen eight books (2 per week) for our elementary school students. We will be providing the community with a reading calendar that includes the following:

**You can access the reading calendar here.

The main read-in event will take place on February 22 from 6:00-7:00 PM, when we host author and illustrator Oge Mora (creator of Thank You, Omu!) for a virtual book talk. Students and their families are invited to attend. Please RSVP here to save your spot.

Secondary Information:

Students that participate in the book study and attend the “Book Talk with Matthew Carter” will be entered into a raffle to win a signed copy of Ghost.

This year, we have chosen the book “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds for our middle school and high school read. We will be providing the community with a reading calendar that includes the following:

  1. Suggested weekly chapters
  2. Discussion questions and/or activities to do with family members or friends

**You can access the introductory video and reading/discussion calendar here.

The main read-in event will take place on February 22 from 7:00-8:00 PM, when we host Matthew Carter (inspiration behind Ghost) for a virtual book talk. Students and their families are invited to attend. Please RSVP here to save your spot.

Families are encouraged to have a copy of the text: they purchase the book, it is currently available for $5.99 on Amazon or the Central Library Consortium has 166 titles available for check out.