If you have not heard of the Global Read Aloud, well, you should look into it! This is a wonderful opportunity for students and teachers from around the world to come together to read, share, and discuss books!
There are four different titles being explored with the Global Read Aloud this year:
The Kindergarten students are going to be exploring various books by author Eric Carle.
The students in Grades 1-3 will be reading Marty McGuire by Kate Messner.
Those in Grades 4-7 are exploring the book Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.
High School students will be reading Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach.
I recently read Out of My Mind and I must say, I can’t wait to see what discussions and revelations will emerge as a result of so many people reading this wonderfully inspiring book.
Without giving much away, I just want to say that Out of this Mind is a book that everyone should read and discuss. The main character, 11-year-old Melody is an amazing girl who is confined to a wheel chair and unable to express herself how she’d like. She is unable to do many things that she wants to do, even though her mind understands everything. In fact, many would likely say that Melody is gifted in many ways. The story weaves through her struggles in school, with her teachers and her peers.
This book made me have a whole range of emotions throughout the book. At times I laughed out loud. There were moments I felt very angry. Other times, I was frozen in fear. Still other moments, I was overcome by tears. This book brings to light many unfortunate beliefs and feelings many may have (or had) about people who may have special needs. It is my hope that this book will help start important conversations that are essential in understanding ourselves and others in a much deeper way.
The Global Read Aloud looks like a great entry point for many who may be unsure of how to start connecting with others around the world.
I look forward to finding a way to become involved in the Global Read Aloud, even though I do not have a classroom of my own.
Next, I plan on reading Marty McGuire with my daughter. That sounds like it will be a fun read!
Are you planning on being involved in the Global Read Aloud this year?
Doesn’t this sound like an easy way to become involved with connecting with others around the world?