Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Reading-Writing Connection

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores and in cooperation with affiliate state centers for the book, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre-- fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves. There are three competition levels: Level I for children in grades 4 through 6; Level II for grades 7 and 8, and Level III, grades 9 - 12. Winners receive cash awards at the national and state levels. For information contact the LAL Project Director at lettersaboutlit@epix.net.

You have got to read the amazing work from last year's winners!!

4 comments:

Shirley said...

I have just finished reading last year's Level 1 award winners for this contest and was truly blown away by the moving writing of these young students. How well constructed! How personal! Their voices leapt off the page. This inspires me to think and plan carefully so that I may choose appropriate, thought-provoking reading material that captures my students' imaginations-perhaps even changing their thinking and their lives. This year, I want my students to personally connect to what they read and I want to hear them in their writing so that I can share their thoughts and visions.

Sue L said...

Theresa,

I'm having promblems with blog spot.

Sue

Anonymous said...

I haven't read these yet, but I intend to. I think this is a great way to get children's voice to come through in their writing. It also will help them make that connection to their own life. Two important traits needed in reading and writing as we all know.

Melodee said...

Oops! Forgot to put my name. I haven't read these yet, but I intend to. I think this is a great way to get children's voice to come through in their writing. It also will help them make that connection to their own life. Two important traits needed in reading and writing as we all know.