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Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952.

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity

Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952.

Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust.

 

Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909.

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity

Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909.

Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification.

 

Library Card Sign-up Month begins today.

Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity

Library Card Sign-up Month begins today.

A school or public library librarian is invited to visit the classroom to talk to the students about the advantages of having a library card. Students then take a library tour to acquaint them with the general features and resources available.

 

Richard Wright was born in 1908.

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity

Richard Wright was born in 1908.

Students read an appropriate excerpt from Black Boy, discuss the incident in which Richard gets into trouble, and write found poems.

 

Google was formally incorporated this week in 1998.

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity

Google was formally incorporated this week in 1998.

Students are guided in an exploration of search tools and have a discussion about the purposes, benefits, and disadvantages of each.