#CelebrateWithDE – International Literacy Day

To celebrate International Literacy Day 2018, take some time with students to recognize the broad impact of literacy in their lives and how being literate enhances one’s life. The theme for this year’s International Literacy Day is “Literacy and Skills Development.” Use the resources below to plan your celebration with students. You may also want to watch this Community Conversation: Supporting Literacy Through Digital Content (Canadian Version), a panel conversation with educators for educators.


Select from a range of resources that match the scope of literacy in one of our content collections. Or, focus on the importance of literacy in understanding and participating in our communities with a more specific video about media and messaging.

Content Collection: Literacy
(Canadian Version)
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Consider the definition of literacy: the ability to read and write. Use this collection to help your student develop their own literacy skills and learn about literacy around the world.

Content Collection: Celebrate Reading
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Celebrate reading with this collection of materials, including lesson starters, strategies, and multimedia digital resources.

Media Literacy: Understanding and Analyzing Advertising
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, Full Video [03:21]

Evaluates the many ways in which media and advertisements affect the way people make decisions when making a purchase. The program defines media and analyzes advertisements.

The PBS NewsHour: The ‘Thrill of the Chase’ in Perpetuating Fake News
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 9-12, Full Video [07:25]

Explores the real world dangers of fake news, explores questions surrounding the credibility of proper journalism, and reveals why fake news stories are becoming more successful online. NOTE: Please preview before sharing in class.


Encourage students to go deeper into the definition and impact of literacy with a Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt (Canadian Version). This strategy, from our Spotlight on Strategies series is a fun, active way to help students tune their ears to new words. After the activity, have a quick discussion about whether and how students’ understanding of literacy and/or media has expanded. Post your thoughts on developing literacy skills on social media using #CelebrateWithDE!

Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.


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