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The Big Read
Online resources plus grants for communities to join "The Big Read."
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Presented by the National Education Association, the Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts that encourages communities to read and discuss novels. Although aimed at communities, teachers will find resources for teaching the novels in the classroom.
The site has a simple, uncluttered design with a top menu bar that points to the main sections.

The Big Read brings together partners from across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Communities can apply for a grant to implement the program. All the materials needed for application are on the Web site. It also provides teachers and students with excellent resources for reading and studying such literary works as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Call of the Wild, The Grapes of Wrath, The Joy Luck Club, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and others. Each featured book is accompanied by a readers guide that includes the historical context, a note about the author, other works/adaptations, discussion questions, and a teachers guide, which provides lesson plans, project ideas, essay topics, standards, and other resources. You will want to bookmark this one to return often.


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