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Get ready to celebrate Banned Books Week!

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity

Get ready to celebrate Banned Books Week!

Students brainstorm reasons why certain books might have been banned and discuss common reasons why books are challenged.

 

John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in 1775.

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity

John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in 1775.

Students use the Timeline Tool to organize details about Chapman's life, the Venn Diagram to organize information, and the Shape Poems Interactive to create poems about apples or Johnny Appleseed.

 

Thomas Nast was born on this day in 1840.

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity

Thomas Nast was born on this day in 1840.

Students explore free speech issues, search the newspaper or Internet to create a list of current events, and draw original political cartoons.

 

Scotland Yard was established this day in 1829.

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity

Scotland Yard was established this day in 1829.

Students explore the resources on the Scotland Yard website and compare the advice given to London's citizens to the advice available from the local police department.

 

Author Tim O’Brien was born on this day.

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity

Author Tim O’Brien was born on this day.

After reading O’Brien’s story “A True War Story” from The Things They Carried, students choose a powerful event from their own lives and map it using the Timeline Tool. They then create a fictional version of this event.