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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 27
    America celebrates Thanksgiving Day today.
    After reading the book Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving, students read the letter Hale sent to Lincoln and brainstorm a list of ways to make their community better.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 1
    Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.
    Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 19
    Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.
    Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read Smoky Night to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 9
    Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848.
    Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris' story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 28
    Author Lois Duncan was born on this date in 1934.
    Mysteries are shared with students for them to solve and brainstorm the attributes of a good mystery. Small groups then compose short mysteries using the Mystery Cube.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 8
    Celebrate blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday.
    Students learn about blues music and brainstorm subjects that might give them "the blues." Finally, they write their own blues lyrics and have the option to perform.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 30
    Celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day)!
    Using the Book Cover Creator, students write and share their own multilingual stories.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 23
    Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, was integrated in 1957.
    After viewing some footage from the actual event, students jot down thoughts and feelings of the Little Rock Nine. Students then write a bio-poem that might have been written by one of these students on this historic day.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 11
    Children's author Patricia Polacco was born in 1944.
    Students share family stories of their own by writing original poems and reviewing parts of speech using the Diamante Poems tool.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 17
    Davy Crockett was born in 1786.
    Students read selected excerpts from Crockett's biography and consider whether present-day politicians follow Crockett's advice.

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