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Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest, here are the Rules and Guidelines

The Letters About Literature Teaching Guide provides activities teachers can use to guide their students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with national standards for teaching reading and writing as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists. 

2015 Alabama Letters About Literature Finalists

Level 1 Winners (from left) Ella Russell, Third Place; Whitney Byington, First Place; and Matthew Coleman, Second Place

Level 2 Winners (from left) Anastasia Zellner, Second Place; Anna Kulczycka, Third Place; Not shown, Abby Fleenor, First Place

Level 3 Winners (from left) Kate Gorveatte, First Place; Ella Huffaker, Second Place; Brandon Reiff, Third Place 

Alabama native, children’s author and guest speaker Ted M. Dunagan (left) visits with Louis A. Pitschmann, director, Alabama Center for the Book and Donna Adcock, event coordinator, Letters About Literature.


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