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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   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Blast from the Past with Nuclear Chemistry
    After researching the history and basic facts of a nuclear chemistry topic, students utilize the Web 2.0 tool Timetoast to create an electronic timeline that they use to present their research to the class.
  3. 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.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Candace Fleming
    In the world of young adult literature, some of todayís best and most powerful stories are being told by authors of nonfiction. Tune in to hear Candace Fleming discuss the origins of The Family Romanov, research as a process of questioning, and how authors of nonfiction are pushing the envelope in books for todayís teens.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Chris Crutcher
    Tune in to hear the about the ideas behind Crutcher's newest book, Period 8; his thoughts on writing in honest language for teenagers; and what readers have told him about the impact of his stories.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Judy Blume
    Tune in to hear Judy Blume talk about how she got her start and learned the craft of writing from her long-time editor, Dick Jackson; what itís like returning to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, which is the setting for her current novel; and how sheís responded to the many parodies and tributes that seal her place in popular culture.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Kristin Cashore
    Kristin Cashore is one of those rare authors whose books are deep and beautiful, and whose work helps readers gain perspective on their own lives. Tune in to hear about Kristinís process of writing Bitterblue, how music helps her with writing, and how she copes when writing gets hard.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Rita Williams-Garcia
    Itís rare to find historical fiction that weaves rich period detail into the lives of memorable and endearing characters, but Rita Williams-Garciaís middle-grade novels One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven do just that. Tune in to hear Rita explain how she drew on personal and historical contexts to develop her characters and tell their story. Youíll also hear about her great love for her work and her commitment to spending as long as it takes to get the story right.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Walter Dean Myers
    If there is anyone in the world of childrenís and young adult literature who could be described as a living legend, itís 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 Ė books that incorporate concepts as varied as magical realism, the social contract, and oral histories with our nationís war veterans.
  10. 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.

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