This is the gist of the groundbreaking Reading
Across Continents program uniting students in Washington, D.C., Nigeria, and Ghana through the shared reading of literature.
High school students will read
American author and National Teacher of the Year Sharon Draper’s Copper Sun, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s Purple Hibiscus, and a book by Ghanaian
author Ama Ata Aidoo.
Through the use of blogging and teleconference technologies, they will discuss
cultural and literary connections with each other and the authors themselves. A
select group of students will culminate their experience by traveling to
foreign destinations as “Literacy Ambassadors,” working with their newfound
friends to develop literacy-focused community service projects.