Global Reading Club Project
The aim of the project is to promote extensive reading (reading for pleasure) through book-related activities, carried out collaboratively with peers worldwide, thus create cultural bridges among countries with the assistance of technology and the love of a good story.
As this project runs all year-round, you may choose to participate in Phase 1, Phase 2 or Phase 3. Former participants have participated in all of them, but you get to choose the one that adapts best for your class learning interests.
Each phase has a set of tasks that need to be completed.
Please, take your time to read the tasks of the phase you choose.
Phase 1 (Autumn): “Share a book” REGISTER HERE
Advertising and registration – All July and August, 2023.
Starting date – September 4, 2023.
Development of phase:
- Project coordinators match classes and add class teachers to the Facebook group. If desired, one class can work with more than one peer school.
- Teachers register on Fligrid and hand out the project’s link to all students.
Students pick their favorite book and upload a 1-minute presentation about their favorite book. You may start with:
“Hello, my name is Amanda and I am from New York City, in the United States of America. My favorite book is “I know why the birdcage sang”, by Maya Angelou. I like this book because…”
Include as much personal information as desired so others get to know you better. But please, avoid revealing the end of the story. We want to promote reading and curiosity. No spoilers, please.
- After posting their video capsule, students comment on at least two other student posts in the same team. Nonetheless, we suggest they interact with different classes. The first video is to introduce themselves and their favorite books on the topic called “My favorite book is…”. Students are encouraged to promote books written in any language but the videos reports must be in English. The second video is uploaded to the topic called “The most preferred genre in ____ is…”After listening to their counterparts in other countries, students will make a report/presentation and create a video that explains literary preferences in other nations.
- We end with a reading conference with a surprise keynote writer.
Ending date – December 4, 2023.
(Interaction via Flipgrid, Facebook closed group and email)
Phase 2 (Winter): “Create your own stories” REGISTER HERE
Advertising and registration– December (2023) and January (2024)
Starting date – February 5. On that day, students are expected to start a Facebook Live reading marathon to celebrate the World Read Aloud Day.
For the following weeks, students create short stories in electronic format that will be uploaded to the Kidspace school page (Google Docs e). There will be also recorded video workshops from writers to help students in creative writing.
Their deadline for uploading all students stories is March 2nd. On March 5, classes will read their colleagues written productions to celebrate World Book Day by reading their colleagues productions.
Students upload a video where they read the colleagues stories to other people (it can be family members, or other grades in school).
Ending date – May 17, 2024.
Diplomas – ready by the end of May.
Phase 3 (Aug 2023 – June 2024): “Creative writing contest” REGISTER HERE
Advertising and registration– July (2023) and August (2023) The registration can be prolonged and accepted with written works.
1- Primary school
2- Middle school
3- High school
Starting date – .August 14, 2023.
Teachers watch the Video instructions of English writers : Michael Freeman and Kevin Crookes.
Kevin Crookes. How to create a poem.
Michael Freeman. How to write a story.
Students create short stories in electronic format that will be uploaded to the Google document (Every age group will have their own shared document)
The genres could be: a story, an essay, a poem, a comic story.
The deadline for uploading all students stories is November 28th, 2023.
At the end of the project,e-book will be created and sent to every participant of the project.
Project follow -up activities:
In March, classes will read their written productions to their peer classes worldwide, in homage to World Book Day (https://yourcountdown.to/world-book-day).
This task is to make a global impact in the promotion of reading/storytelling. This will be done via Flipgrid, under the topic: “Everyone has a story. Here is ours” https://flipgrid.com/76784316
Students upload a video where they read the colleagues stories to other people (it can be family members, or other grades in school) This task is to make a local impact in the promotion of reading/storytelling.
By the end of the project, the project coordinators will make a compilation ebook of students’ creative writings. It will be available for all participants to download.
Ending date – May 15, 2024.
Diplomas – ready by the end of June 2024.
Everyone has a story to tell.
What is yours?
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Global Reading Club Project.