Fiction, Other


The March Community Read is a project to promote literacy and the love of reading at Oceanside High School's East campus. Students in grades ten through twelve, as well as staff, are encouraged to participate in any and all activities. Copies of a chosen novel are made available at the beginning of the month. Throughout the remainder of the month activities are created in an effort to reach as many students possible.We have just completed the third year of this event. One-hundred and twenty three copies of Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave were distributed. The two previous novels chosen were; Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth. Some criteria for the chosen novel include; a novel that allows all our students regardless of reading level to participate and young adult appeal. We have also been fortunate to choose novels that have media recognition. Though it has not been mandatory criterion, we have purposefully chosen books that belong to a series. The hope it so keep the students reading once we’ve hooked them with the first book. The response has been immediate and the sequels fly off the library shelves with lightning speed.Activities have varied and we are still trying to perfect the formula of what will get students involved. Activities at this time include team competitions and games, as well, as individual events. The idea is to create a place for team building skills but also allow individual talents the chance to shine. This year we created a library Facebook page to encourage weekly discussion about the novel and its many themes. There is always a community service component that allows us to give back. In previous years we have collected items for a local food bank and animal shelter. This year we were fortunate to pair with the local city library for some shared events. This year we invited four local writers to meet with students to discuss the book writing world. Last year we added the “Get Caught in a Random Act of Reading” component. Students who were caught reading through the school day were given a ticket that was redeemable in the library for a small prize.


  • Arts > General
  • Education > General
  • Information & Media Literacy > General
  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Literature
  • Language Arts > Reading Comprehension

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


literacy community project literacy campaign



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2014-06-19.

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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

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This resource is a collection of documents designed for a March Community Read, for a grant from the NEA - all of which are themed around Rick Yancey’s Fifth Wave, promote reading and link reading to community support.  The first document instructs students to read the book and play a “game” of activities around the book.  The second includes a group service project for the benefit of the specific community and its library.  The third is a Random Act of Reading ticket, which is given when students ae “caught in the act” and is rewarded with a sweet treat at the library.  The fourth is a series of posters with photos of authors themed, Suspected Alien Sighting:  Have you Seen this Author?  The fifth invites students to have lunch with authors.  The final document contains a variety of posters.  This excellent resource guides the way for building community around reading a common book.  

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