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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 16
    Dictionary author Noah Webster was born in 1758.
    Students play a variation of the game Balderdash to practice vocabulary.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 23
    In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day.
    Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 20
    In 1969, the first human walked on the moon.
    As a class, students discuss Neil Armstrong's famous quote when he landed on the moon and explore the difference that one word can make, as well as the gendered language that Armstrong uses.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 14
    Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828.
    After dividing students into small groups, students play a variation of the game Balderdash to celebrate the publication of Webster's dictionary.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 28
    Poet William Blake was born in 1757.
    As a class, students brainstorm abstract concepts and personify that concept through a drawing or story told about the character who personifies that concept.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 3
    Read Across America Day celebrates Dr. Seuss.
    After sharing The Cat in the Hat and other patterned books with students, groups brainstorm sets of rhyming words and create a story using these words.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 16
    The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850.
    Students brainstorm the possible meaning of the title The Scarlet Letter and what its significance might be. The class' responses are returned to once the reading has begun to see how their definitions have changed.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 5
    Today is World Read Aloud Day.
    Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family.