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Investigating Names to Explore Personal History and Cultural Traditions

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Investigating Names to Explore Personal History and Cultural Traditions

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Calendar Activities

Professional Library

 

CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 15

Hispanic Heritage Month begins today.

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   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 6

Two famous Smiths share this birthday.

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  |  January 31

The Chinese New Year starts today.

Today is the first day of the New Year on the Chinese lunar calendar.

 

Grades   4 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 18

Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride in 1775.

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

Today is Cinco de Mayo.

Students choose to research a piece of art, music, dance, literature, or food that suitably represents Mexico and create a presentation for the class.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises

Dunning and Stafford, both widely known poets and educators, offer this delightful manual of exercises for beginning poets.

 

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