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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   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. Professional Development | Grades   K – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Acting Out: Literature, Drama, and Connecting With History
    This article describes a successful teacher-professor collaboration to plan interdisciplinary curriculum and team-teach it in a first-grade classroom.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 23
    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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments
    Students are often asked to perform speeches, but rarely do we require students to analyze speeches as carefully as we study works of literature. In this unit, students are required to identify the rhetorical strategies in a famous speech and the specific purpose for each chosen device. They will write an essay about its effectiveness and why it is still famous after all these years.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    An Exploration of The Crucible through Seventeenth-Century Portraits
    In this lesson, students incorporate analyses of characters from The Crucible with examinations of original seventeenth-century portraits of Puritans to create a visual portrait of the character. The project culminates in a "Portrait Gallery Walk" where students present and defend their artwork.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 12
    Anne Frank received her famous diary in 1942.
    Students learn about eyewitness reports through a lesson that is grade-level appropriate. Then, groups use primary source documents and research an event using eyewitness accounts.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 25
    Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.
    Students view a Picasso piece, write their impressions, and share. Students can create their own Picasso-style art using the interactive Picassohead.

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