Write About and Global Read Aloud 2018 #GRA18

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Authentic writing opportunities are an important part of the Global Read Aloud experience, which is why Write About is proud to offer 4 months of unlimited writing exclusively to GRA classrooms– a $60 sponsorship!

Easy Steps to Participate:

1. Submit your Write About upgrade form to get the coupon code.

2. Sign In on Write About to Upgrade with the coupon code.

3. Get your students writing!

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SPONSORED ACCOUNT DETAILS:

Write About is sponsoring GRA teachers and students with access to a Classroom Monthly upgrade ($15/mo) from September – December 2018. This is available to the first 1,000 teachers who sign up before October 1st. After the project, teachers can downgrade their account to Free if they do not wish to continue Write About with their students. Otherwise, a $15/mo membership will automatically renew.
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Win a Skype Visit from Elana K. Arnold #GRA18

As we get ready to dive into the incredible book that is A Boy Called Bat written by Elana K. Arnold for the Global Read Aloud, I have more incredible news to share.  Not only is she going to be answering your questions on videos every week, she will also be giving 20 (!!!!) free 30 min skype visits to lucky classrooms!

All you have to do is enter on this form and then I will pull random winners on September 16th so that Elana has a chance to reach out to everyone.  This contest is open to the world, but just make sure that the timezone difference is not impossible for her to work with.

Please note that Elana also offers up longer Skype visits for a fee, as well as author visits.  She is an incredibly dynamic author who mesmerizes kids and adults alike with her storytelling.  She would be an incredible addition to your school year.

To see Elana’s website, go here

To contact her for more information, go here

To see all her amazing books, go here 

Updates from #GRA18

As the time quickly approaches for kick off to the 2018 Global Read Aloud, I thought it would be nice to share a few updates as they reach me.

Participation Info

I have been asked, how many kids are in the Global Read Aloud this year?  As we speak more than 1.2 million kids are participating around the world and more than 70 different countries represented.  But in all honesty, the number doesn’t matter.  The connections are what matters and you only need two to connect.

Author Updates

A few of the authors have made their participation plans public, this is never an expectation, but I am thrilled that they will be participating in the project.

Here is what Aisha Saeed, author of Amal Unbound, has planned

http://aishasaeed.com/2018/07/10/amal-unbound-updates-and-global-read-aloud-information/

Elana K. Arnold just announced that she will be creating weekly videos answering questions from students.  All you have to do is tweet her the question, along with the school name and the age of the students.  Her Twitter handle is @ElanaKArnold
I will also be hosting a giveaway of signed copies of Bat as well as a skype visit contest.

Write About

I have been asked whether Write About will be part of the GRA again and the answer is yes, but in a changed capacity.  GRA participants will all be able to get a free membership for the length of the project and then once the project ends they can continue their membership at a 50% discounted rate.  More information will be forthcoming to those who would like to pursue this.
I will continue to update information as I get it.
Shared Resources
As people create resources, they should be entered into our Google sheet.  That way everyone can see what is being shared.  Just a reminder that all resources shared have to be free.  This is a free project and the name is trademarked.

 

 

Information for 2018 Global Read Aloud #GRA18

Time is ticking and the kick off to the 2018 Global Read Aloud is nearing.  I hope this collection of information is helpful!

For a comprehensive FAQ post, go here

The dates are October 1st – November 9th, 2018 – you can fall behind, just don’t read ahead.

The books selected are:

PICTURE BOOK AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR CHOICE

Julie Flett and Monique Gray Smith

For too long there has been too little focus on the voices and art forms of indigenous writers.  This is the year to change that.  The books that these two incredible writers create are sure to become heart books, books that stay with us long after the project is over.  All of the books here will lead us to be something more…

Week 1:  My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett

Don’t let the format (board book) fool you, this book will elicit meaningful discussion for all ages.

Week 2:  Wild Berries by Julie Flett

Week 3:  You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel

Week 4:  A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell and Julie Flett 

Week 5:  When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson and Julie Flett

Week 6:  Your choice!

EARLY READER CHOICE

UPPER ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE-GRADE CHOICE

MIDDLE SCHOOL/JUNIOR HIGH CHOICE

YOUNG ADULT CHOICE

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

The weekly schedule is:

A Boy Called Bat:
Week 1:  Chapters 1 – 4

Week 2:  Chapters 5 -8

Week 3:  Chapters 9 – 12

Week 4:  Chapters 13 – 16

Week 5:  Chapters 17 – 21

Week 6:  Chapters 22 – End

 

Amal Unbound:

Week 1: Chapters 1 – 8

Week 2: Chapters 9 – 16

Week 3: Chapters 17 – 24

Week 4: Chapters 25 – 32

Week 5: Chapters 33 – 40

Week 6: Chapters 41 – End

 

Refugee:

Week 1:  Pages 1 – 55

Week 2:  Pages 56 – 92

Week 3:  Pages 93 – 146

Week 4: Pages 147 – 196

Week 5:  Pages 197 – 252

Week 6:  253 – End

 

Love, Hate, and Other Filters

Week 1:  Chapters 1 – 4

Week 2:  Chapters 5 – 8

Week 3:  Chapters 9 – 12

Week 4: Chapters 13 – 16

Week 5: Chapters 17 – 20

Week 6: Chapters 21 – End

Facebook groups to connect with other educators:

Main GRA Facebook group

Picture Book Study Group

Early Reader Book Group

Upper Elementary/ Middle-Grade Book Group

Middle School Book Group

YA Book Group

Twitter hashtags for the year:

Picture book author study – #GRAJFMGS

A Boy Called Bat – #GRABat18

Amal Unbound – #GRAAmal

Refugee – #GRARefugee

Love, Hate, and Other Filters – #GRALove

Global Read Aloud Merchandise:

T-shirts and other merchandise supporting the project can be found here

Resource Sharing – add your ideas

To see the spreadsheet and add your own free resources, go here

Author Websites:

Julie Flett – https://www.julieflett.com/

Monique Gray Smith – http://moniquegraysmith.com/

Elana K. Arnold – http://elanakarnold.com/

Aisha Saeed – http://aishasaeed.com/

Alan Gratz – https://www.alangratz.com/

Samira Ahmed – https://samiraahmed.com/

Amal Unbound from Aisha Saeed and the Global Read Aloud

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One of the surprise bonuses of the Global Read Aloud is when authors decide to get involved with the project.  While this is never something that is expected, it only sweetens the experience when they have the time to do so.

Well, hold on to your hats because Aisha Saeed, author of Amal Unbound, just revealed her Global Read Aloud plans!

Here are the things she will be doing during the project

  • Offer extension activities and resources
  • Create student Q&A videos
  • Drawings for Skype visits
  • Author letter drawings

This is amazing!

To get full information and sign up for all of this, please go to her website here

What to Read and When – Chapter Breakdown for Global Read Aloud 2018 #GRA18

It is time to figure out what we are reading when.  As always, do not worry about falling behind, I do almost every year, but if you do get ahead, please do not spoil it for others.  If you are in an all year school or you have vacation during the 6 weeks, it helps when you post for connections since I know there are many of you out there.

The project kicks off October 1st to November 9th.

A Boy Called Bat:
Week 1:  Chapters 1 – 4

Week 2:  Chapters 5 -8

Week 3:  Chapters 9 – 12

Week 4:  Chapters 13 – 16

Week 5:  Chapters 17 – 21

Week 6:  Chapters 22 – End

 

Amal Unbound:

Week 1: Chapters 1 – 8

Week 2: Chapters 9 – 16

Week 3: Chapters 17 – 24

Week 4: Chapters 25 – 32

Week 5: Chapters 33 – 40

Week 6: Chapters 41 – End

 

Refugee:

Week 1:  Pages 1 – 55

Week 2:  Pages 56 – 92

Week 3:  Pages 93 – 146

Week 4: Pages 147 – 196

Week 5:  Pages 197 – 252

Week 6:  253 – End

 

Love, Hate, and Other Filters

Week 1:  Chapters 1 – 4

Week 2:  Chapters 5 – 8

Week 3:  Chapters 9 – 12

Week 4: Chapters 13 – 16

Week 5: Chapters 17 – 20

Week 6: Chapters 21 – End

Win a Copy of Amal Unbound – Middle-Grade Choice for Global Read Aloud 2018 #GRA18 #GRAAmal

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I know some people thought I was crazy for picking a book that had not even been released yet as the choice for Global Read aloud middle-grade, and yet, when I first read Amal Unbound I was captivated by its story, by the look at Pakistan that I had not seen before.  After I read the book, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  How I could help my students discover the book?  How I could help the world discover the book?  The book stuck with me and the idea of selecting it for GRA stuck with me as well.

Now, in honor of its publication on May 8th, I am so excited to see what everyone else thinks.  Hopefully, you will love the book as much as I have.  So in order to celebrate its imminent release, I have five copies of the book to give away!  This contest is open to the world and all you have to do is fill the form out below.  Five random winners will be selected on May 8th – the day the book comes out, please enter only once.

Please fill in this form and happy reading!

If You Are New to the Global Read Aloud – Read This #GRA18

What is the Global Read Aloud?

 About the Project

How does this work?

The project was created by me, Pernille Ripp, in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. Now with many years under our belt and millions of connections made in more than 86 different countries, it is astounding to see the reach of this small idea.

The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each participant decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project are up to you. In the past, frequently used tools have been Twitter, Skype, email, regular mail, Kidblog, Write About, Padlet, and any other tools we can think of to make these connections. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.

How much does it cost?

The Global Read Aloud is free, it always has been, and always will be.  It is also trademarked, which means no one has permission to use the name to sell products except for me.

What do I need to participate?

The book and time to read aloud.  Access to technology also helps for the connection part.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up on our Google Form to be a participant.  Once you have signed up, you will receive an email from me (sometimes they take a few days).  This email will give you the information you need to connect with others, but so will this post.

How are books chosen?

To see how books are chosen, please read this blog post

To see the contenders, past and present, please go here Contenders

To see the winners for 2018, go here

Do I have to be a teacher to participate?

No, not at all, but you do want to read the book aloud to someone since that is the experience we are sharing.  So maybe your grandchildren would like to be part of this or another group of kids.  Please join us.

Do my students have to share?

Preferably yes, however, sometimes just reading other students’ ideas and thoughts can be a form of sharing.  So if you feel uncomfortable sharing first, read the discussion and jump in when you are comfortable.

How old should my students be?

We have a picture book study for our youngest students and then other books to choose from. We have K through college participate starting in 2014. Whichever book you decide to participate in is truly up to you.  You know your kids/students and whether the book is suitable for them.  Don’t dismiss the project because the books may seem too easy, it is about the connections you make.

Why participate?

This is meant to make the world a little smaller, to open our eyes to the rest of the world and look at all of our shared experiences.  How phenomenal for a child to know that the same book they are reading is being read in classrooms across the globe.

Is this really global?  

Yes! Since its inception, we have had more than 4,000,000 students from more than 80 different countries participate!

I’m an Author and would like my book considered.

Please go here.

Before the project:

How do I get the books?

Since headquarters is just me and my ideas, there is no way for me to purchase the books for you.  I am sorry.  So please do get the books ordered on your own.  To see this year’s books and order them, please check the blog.

How do I  get connected?

You can find people in two places typically, Twitter using the hashtag #GRA+the year (Example for 2018 = #GRA18) or on Facebook.  We have a main Facebook group where all updated and information is posted and then there is a group for each level of book.

You can join one or all of them and use it to share resources and share connections.  They will not change every year, just like our main group, so they should provide you with a great place not just for GRA related things but for any type of global sharing you would like to do.

Main GRA Facebook group

Picture Book Study Group

Early Reader Book Group

Upper Elementary/ Middle-Grade Book Group

Middle School Book Group

YA Book Group

After you have joined your group and I have approved you (which I do on a weekly basis) there are two different ways; you post connection wanted post in your group, or you respond to one.    If you post a connection wanted post, please make sure people have a way to get in touch with you such as email or Twitter handle.  Once you have found the connections, please alert people that you have found them.  Also, please reach out to all people that respond to your post, even if it is to say you have found someone already.

If you respond to connection wanted post, make sure you describe your classroom and give them a way to contact you.

What should I post in my connections wanted post?

It helps if you do age group, location, experience level, as well as what types of tools you feel comfortable using or would like to use.  That way people can respond with similar dreams.  You can post anything else that you think is helpful as well.

 

How many connections should I be looking for?

You decide. I like to have one solid connection for each of my classrooms and I like to have our ideas cemented before the project starts, that way I know for sure I am connected with someone.  However, I also like to look at what else is going on during the project, so checking in on the Twitter hashtags, seeing what other people are sharing and such.  Some people like to have several connections ready in case one doesn’t work out.

Twitter hashtags for the year:

Picture book author study – #GRAJFMGS

A Boy Called Bat – #GRABat18

Amal Unbound – #GRAAmal

Refugee – #GRARefugee

Love, Hate, and Other Filters – #GRALove

Should I read the book(s) beforehand?

Up to you.  I like to read them to make sure I am choosing the right book for my students, and I like to think about the discussions/projects/connections we will have.  But there is no rule.

During the Project:

Handouts for school or home:

The GRA FAQ handout:  Meant for handing out to teachers and others that will participate in the project.  Please go here.

The GRA Home handout:  Meant to be sent home with students to explain what the Global Read Aloud is.  Please go here.

What tools should I use to connect with others?

Again, up to you.  Here is a list of great tools I have used in the past.  You can also decide with your connection(s) to try something completely different.  If you have an idea for a tool to use please share it with others, this is how the project becomes so awesome!  If you are using Kidblog or something that requires others to go to your site to connect with you, then make sure your site is open to the public so others can view it and comment.

Are authors always involved?

No, not always.  Every year, since Katherine Applegate chose to get involved, I reach out to the authors’ whose books are chosen and ask if they have time.  Some do and some don’t.  I am incredibly grateful to the authors that take the time to be a part of the project as it enriches the experience tenfold for participants, but I do not pick books based on that criterion alone.  Sometimes incredible books are written by incredible authors that lead very busy lives, and that is okay too.  What matters is that we have the amazing books to read aloud and share.

What technology can we use to connect?

Anything that you have access to.  One of the strengths of the project is that you do not need to use a specific type of technology to be a part of it, in fact, you can even choose to not use technology and use regular mail to connect with someone.  All that matters is that you connect with someone.

To see great ideas of what to do during the project, go here

How do I find someone to connect with?

Use Facebook or the hashtag on Twitter to find others or any other way you choose.

While I do not generally facilitate connections, please contact me if you are having problems finding someone to connect with.  I can usually help.

Where do we share?

Anywhere you want.  We have our Twitter hashtag for sharing as well as our Facebook page, but people find they share best wherever they feel most comfortable.

Individual books will also have their own hashtags but those will not be created until the books have all been chosen.

What should we read when?

Weekly breakdowns are posted before the kick off date so that everyone knows what to read up to. Don’t worry if you get behind (I do every year!).  Just don’t read ahead.

Here is this year’s breakdown for the chapter books 

And here is which picture books to read and when

Are there lesson plans?

No, however, many many people share ideas on the Facebook or on Twitter.  I also have a Pinterest page where I try to share as much stuff as I can.

What are things you can do with your students?

The sky is the limit.  I see people use Skype for discussion calls or to guest read aloud.  Many use Padlet to share surveys, students work or other things they create.  People use Kidblog to have students write about the books and then have others comment.  People use Twitter to share projects and also to participate in a slowchat that will happen for some of the books.  People use WriteAbout to create writing communities.   To see more about some tech tools, please go here.

How much should we do?

As much or as little as you want.  You can share as much with the world as you feel comfortable doing or as little.  Some choose to simply read the book aloud to their class knowing that they are part of something bigger without connecting with others, others choose to go as big as possible.  Find your comfort zone in this and make it work for you.

See this great post from Anna Davidson for ideas of what you can do as a teacher.

Do I have to use technology?

No, you should connect in some ways.  Technology makes that easier but you don’t have to use it if you can’t or do not want to.

Can I make shirts or other things for my students to show we participated?

Shirts and other merchandise are sold here.  Before you create something for your own students, please reach out to me first, the name “Global Read Aloud” is trademarked.

How do I contact you?

Either through the contact form or email me at p@globalreadaloud.com

After the project:

We finished the book, now what?

Hopefully, the connections will continue.  Many, myself included, use the Facebook group throughout the year to find others to do projects with.  I do not shut down the Facebook or Edmodo groups, nor do I lock them down.  The Facebook community can be used for anything as well, there is even a GRA Alumni group if you want to join that.    So please continue to use the space to do projects and share ideas.

Are you reading books for next year?

Yup!  The minute books are selected for the year, I start my search for the next year’s amazing books.  If you want to know more about the process, go here.  If you are an author and want your book considered, please go here.

Which books have been chosen in the past?

To read more about the history of the GRA and the books that have been used, please go here. 

Who is behind the Global Read Aloud:

In 2010, while listening to NPR, the idea of the Global Read Aloud began.    Now with millions of connections made between more than 80 countries, the GRA keeps growing.

To get more information about me, go to my professional blog here under My Story

To contact me, please email me  at p@globalreadaloud.com

 

Global Read Aloud Shirt 2018 #GRA18

It has been a few years since the last round of t-shirt designs, so I am excited to reveal this year’s shirt.  Here is another chance to show off your Global Read Aloud participation!  The new design is…

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In various forms of t-shirts, the new shirt joins the old Global Read Aloud shirt that is still available.  Go to the shop to order yours and don’t forget to google for Spreadshirt coupons, they seem to always be available!

 

And the Winners Are…Global Read Aloud Choices 2018 #GRA18

After incredible reading moments, thousands of people voting, countless hours spent thinking, and much discussion had, the moment is finally here….the reveal of the books we will read aloud and connect through.

The choices of these books were not done haphazardly.

Picking our books for the Global Read Aloud is never easy, in fact, I think it gets harder every year since we try to match the incredible experience from the year before.  Every year so far, we have been able to do so, and I hope this year is no different.

With an emphasis on perspective, on understanding others, on connecting and change, I feel that all of the books and picture book authors chosen will help us see the world in a new light.  Will help us make connections.  Will help us build community both within our own classrooms, but also with all the thousands of classrooms that will participate.  As usual, I hope you like them, I hope you read them, and I hope you read all of the amazing contenders as well.  Deep breath here.

Picture Book Author/Illustrator Choice

Julie Flett and Monique Gray Smith

For too long there has been too little focus on the voices and art forms of indigenous writers.  This is the year to change that.  The books that these two incredible writers create are sure to become heart books, books that stay with us long after the project is over.  All of the books here will lead us to be something more…

Week 1:  My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett

Don’t let the format (board book) fool you, this book will elicit meaningful discussion for all ages.

Week 2:  Wild Berries by Julie Flett

Week 3:  You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel

Week 4:  A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell and Julie Flett 

Week 5:  When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson and Julie Flett

Week 6:  Your choice!

Early Reader Choice

I first fell in love with Bat as I read the book and saw it for what it was; a story about a boy who loves a skunk and who wants to keep it.  As the mother of four children, it was as if Elana had been to our house and witnessed our weekly fights over what to do or which pet to have.  And yet, wrapped up in its simple storyline is also a story about a boy whom others would like to label different but who doesn’t see himself that way.  This is why I kept coming back to this book, because how many of us have been in this position or how many of us have inadvertently tried to label others that refuse to be labeled?  I promise A Boy Called Bat will not disappoint.

Upper Elementary/Middle-grade Choice

I know this book is not out until May 8th, but this is where I take a leap of faith and hope you will join me.  I read this book last fall and have not stopped thinking about it since, it is a book that pulls us in, invites the world in, and also takes us on a journey to learn about ourselves and the world.  This book deserves to be read, which is why it has been chosen this year.  And yes, it will be available in other countries as well.

Middle School/Junior High Choice

I don’t think any book has ever garnered so many votes for it to be picked and I am not surprised, after all, Refugee is one of my favorite books of 2017, as well as my students.  What I am excited about is how it is a conversation starter, inviting us into the world and to all that is happening and has happened, with people who have been displaced or had to flee their homes.  It is also an invitation to do more, to become more, and to learn more, which is why I am so excited to make it a Global Read Aloud choice.

Young Adult Choice

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Once again the YA category had incredible books to read aloud, all with their own powerful message and yet Samira Ahmed’s debut kept coming up in my mind as a book that can be connected with no matter where you live, and that is important for a Global Read Aloud.  With its story about fitting in, finding yourself, and also being vilified, I know that this book will create amazing dialogue in our communities.

So there you have it.  6 authors, 4 books, and a lot of connections to be made.  I hope you are as excited for the project to kick off October 2nd as I am.