April 16, 2023
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Copyright and Reading Resources
World Book and Copyright Day is a celebration held on April 23 to promote books and reading. This worldwide event recognizes the power of reading as a bridge across cultures, a link between generations, and a connection between the past and the future. These resources will help you find books and other materials you can use to teach students about copyright.
Sync: Audio Books for Teens
Promote reading by introducing your students to this free summer audiobook program for teens. The program runs for 13 weeks starting at the end of April and provides participants with two thematically paired audio books/short stories weekly.
Scroll down the landing page to find recommended books, popular books, book of the week, and reviews from other readers. Also included are digital reading logs, reading log prompts, and suggested places to find comprehension questions about the book.
If you are looking for recent, award-winning children's literature, check out this excellent compilation of significant awards such as the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Awards, Coretta Scott King Awards, and many others, including the 2023 winners.
Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Use these book lists to build student literacy skills and help students build the critical reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior knowledge.
TeachersFirst Reading Treks
Reading Treks are a way of creating a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. Engage and immerse your students in a story with maps and pop-ups of photos of the past and present.
TeachersFirst's Copyright and Fair Use Resources
This collection is selected to help teachers, parents, and students understand copyright and Fair Use concepts. Skim through the instructional activities about copyright and the collections/tools shared to legally use images, music, and texts.
Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens
Discover this free curriculum for all grade levels to teach copyright and fair use. Choose from one of the three grade-level bands—elementary, middle school, or high school—to access lessons that include slides, videos, and more.
Explore 5 lessons to help students review what they know about plagiarism and copyright and update it to include aspects of copying in the digital age. Explore the history of copyright, free speech, peer-to-peer file sharing, and the public domain.
U.S. Copyright Office Home Page
Stop by the U.S. Copyright Office and explore the many topics on the right sidebar, including copyright and artificial intelligence and resources for creators. There are also links to search the online records and much more.
Visit the Stanford University Library's site for a plethora of copyright and fair use information. Skim through the detailed information on copyright restrictions and using copyrighted material for educational use. Find links to share with students.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Engage in some professional learning this week with an upcoming OK2Ask virtual workshop on Tuesday, a Twitter chat on Thursday, and a related blog post! We also kindly request your input in our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 4/18, 7 PM ET
OK2Ask: Daily 5 and CAFE with a Technology Twist
The Daily 5 and CAFE are research-based frameworks for reading instruction in grades K–8. Educators can use these frameworks to assess, instruct, and monitor student reading progress. Learn about some cool tools that perfectly fit the framework.
Understand the five tasks required in the Daily 5 framework »
Thursday, 4/20, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Facilitating Feedback for Students
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. We will discuss feedback techniques and strategies and explore new ideas for best assessing and providing feedback to your students.
Share tech tools to help assess students and provide feedback »
Infusing Technology Blog
Classic Children’s Literature and Classroom Reading Lists
Modernizing traditional reading lists for diverse learners is an issue that many educators are currently debating. This blog post offers resources to inform your decision-making process in this area. Learn about many books to share with your class.
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks, “How do you mostly find new books to share with your students?” Submit your reply and view the responses of other educators.
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