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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Investigating Names to Explore Personal History and Cultural Traditions
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  January 6
Students research Captain John Smith and Jedediah Smith, and compare them. Students then investigate the meaning of their last name.
Grades 2 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  February 8
Today is the first day of the New Year on the Chinese lunar calendar.
Grades 4 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  April 18
Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 5
Students choose to research a piece of art, music, dance, literature, or food that suitably represents Mexico and create a presentation for the class.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  September 15
Students brainstorm all the various aspects of Hispanic culture and compile topics to research. Groups then research topics and present their information to the class.
Grades 6 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Dunning and Stafford, both widely known poets and educators, offer this delightful manual of exercises for beginning poets.
Grades 8 – 12 | Professional Library
The third volume in the NCTE High School Literature Series explores the joys of reading and teaching the stories and poems of noted Mexican American author Sandra Cisneros.