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How can I incorporate the Reading Without Walls program into my course? 

Reading Without Walls is designed to create a community of readers at UMD and encourage participants to encounter, discuss, and share diverse ideas, characters, genres, and perspectives through reading. In order to bridge learning experiences inside and outside the classroom, we invite course instructors to incorporate the Reading Without Walls challenge into their courses in the following ways:

Create a book talk assignment

Ask your students to read a book that fits the Reading Without Walls challenge and present or record a book talk about what they read. Adapt our instructions to meet your class needs.

Incorporate reflection on Reading Without Walls program

Ask your students to participate in the Reading Without Walls challenge, attend program events, or view videos created by other participants. Invite your students to reflect on what they’ve learned in a reflective writing assignment. Adapt our reflection questions for your course.

Hold an in-class discussion on themes from Reading Without Walls program

Based on assigned readings, Reading Without Walls participant videos, or classroom activities, facilitate in-class discussions to explore issues related to reading and empathy.

Share on social media

Invite students to share reflections, book talks, or what they’re reading on Flipgrid or social media using the hashtag #DuluthReads and #ReadingWithoutWalls.

If you have questions about incorporating this program into your course, contact Kayleen Jones at