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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Biography Study: Using Role-Play to Explore Authors' Lives
    Students read biographies and explore websites of selected American authors and then role-play as the authors.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A “Cay”ribbean Island Study
    As a pre-reading activity for The Cay, groups of students choose and study a Caribbean island, create a final product in the format of their choice, and finally, do an oral presentation to share information learned.
  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 Laurie Halse Anderson
    In this episode, Laurie Halse Anderson talks about her newest book, Wintergirls.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Sara Zarr
    Tune in to hear Sara Zarr discuss religious faith and some of the thinking behind her newest novel, Once Was Lost.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Walter Dean Myers
    If there is anyone in the world of children’s and young adult literature who could be described as a living legend, it’s Walter Dean Myers. Tune in to hear how his own experiences as a reader have shaped his approach to storytelling, what he seeks to offer young people through his writing, and the thinking behind a select handful of his novels – books that incorporate concepts as varied as magical realism, the social contract, and oral histories with our nation’s war veterans.
  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. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Activity & Project
    Add Seasons to Rhyming Poems and Songs
    Choose favorite rhyming songs or nursery rhymes then replace the rhyming words with seasonal themes.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Activity & Project
    A Dragon's Fire: From A to Z
    Children read about a very special dragon who breathes lots of things—none of them fire. Using the Alphabet Organizer, they identify the objects by their first letter.
  10. 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.

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