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The Big Read • Resources for Teachers

To get involved, in The Big Read, follow these steps:

Stop into your local branch in October to pick up a copy of the teacher’s guide, a reader’s guide and an audio guide. Each branch also has a limited supply of copies of the novel to give away. These are only available while supplies last. One copy per customer, please. Copies are also available check out at each Library location.
Check the website after October 1, and have your students participate in our online book discussion.
Look for related programming at Library locations in October.
Enter a special contest planned for teachers who participate in The Big Read. Participants are eligible to win a free workshop for their classrooms from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Visit Cincinnati Family Magazine to enter.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Educational Standards

English Language Arts Standards

Social Studies Standards (Content)

Social Studies Standards (Process)

Grade Eight

U.S. Studies from 1607 to 1877: Colonization Through Reconstruction

The historical sequence continues in the eighth grade with an in-depth study of the early years of our country. This study incorporates each of the seven standards into the chronology. While students are studying a particular historic event in the United States they also look at its geographic settings, economic implications, developments in government and the role of citizens.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

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