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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 19
    Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863.
    Students practice the Pre-AP strategy called SOAPSTone, identifying important parts of the Gettysburg Address and comparing it with John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Case for Reading - Examining Challenged and Banned Books
    Students examine books, selected from the American Library Association Challenged/Banned Books list, and write persuasive pieces expressing their views about what should be done with the books at their school.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 25
    A Christmas Carol was the first book transmitted over radio!
    Students write a script for A Christmas Carol on a level that primary students can read and perform. Older students record the performance and create a website to showcase photographs.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with A.S. King
    Tune in to hear about the seeds behind her newest novel, Everybody Sees the Ants. Weíll discuss how several of the novelís key elements came about during Amyís writing process, how The Vagina Monologues connects thematically to elements of the text focused on bullying and torture, and how satire helped her to make a key point about Lucky Lindermanís process of coming to terms with the adult world.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Writing Poetry
    Acrostic Poems
    Learn about and write acrostic poems, a poetry form that uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry
    Acrostic Poems
    This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 20
    Actor Sidney Poitier was born in 1924.
    Students do a journal entry about barriers that have been broken–such as age, race, and gender–that might impede them in the future, and how they can break through those barriers.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 16
    African American journalist Ida B. Wells was born in 1862.
    Students brainstorm a list of human rights issues, research their group's issue in depth, examine the way journalists cover a story, and create articles for a classroom newspaper.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grade   K  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Getting-Acquainted Activity Using My Teacherís Secret Life
    Students build classroom community as they get to know each other and their teacher better by sharing what they like to do outside school.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 11
    Alex Haley, author of Roots, was born in 1921.
    Students explore their own roots by interviewing family members and use their family history to write a fictional account of their roots.

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