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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   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.
  3. 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 Kristin’s process of writing Bitterblue, how music helps her with writing, and how she copes when writing gets hard.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grade   9  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Harlem Renaissance Retrospective: Connecting Art, Music, Dance, and Poetry
    Students research, evaluate, and synthesize information about the Harlem Renaissance from varied resources, create an exhibit, and highlight connections across disciplines (i.e., art, music, and poetry) using a Venn diagram.
  9. 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.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 4  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    All About Our Town: Using Brochures to Teach Informational Writing
    Students explore their towns' landmarks, symbols, and people; look at brochures and other informational tools; practice writing for a specific audience and revising; and work collaboratively to create a brochure.

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