World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day
Posted on 02/01/2019
This is the image for the news article titled World Read Aloud DayFor the third year, Park Magnet School students participate in World Real Aloud Day through the Park Library.  On World Read Aloud Day, people around the globe read aloud and share stories to advocate for literacy. Park Library Media Specialist Mrs. Evans arranged for Skype connections with five different locations for K-5 students to read with, including a public library in Guernsey, England; Hoover Elementary School in Mason City, Iowa; Madison Elementary School in Madison, Alabama; Episcopal School of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary in Mechanicsville, Maryland.

Each Skype interaction is unique to the grade and the school. In some cases, Mrs. Evans and the other librarian read together and actually role play characters in a story. In others, each librarian reads a book and then invites discussion. Whatever the format, students are able to see a reader and class of students on a large screen participating in the same activity as they are, but in a completely different location.

LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) in 2010 based on the belief that reading is powerful. Studies show that individuals who frequently read are better able to understand other people, empathize with them and see the world from their perspective. Reading aloud not only helps develop literacy skills like word mastery and grammatical understanding, but it also builds community and connects individuals to each other. Learn more about the movement, here.

Learn more about our HSSD Park Magnet, an IB World School, here.

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