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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 19
    Malcolm X was born in Nebraska in 1925.
    Students write about the origin of their name and explore the names that Malcolm X used during this life.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 5
    Pocahontas married John Rolfe on this date in 1614.
    Students read "The Chieftan's Daughter" and are shown the fresco that tells the legend of Pocahontas. A class discussion follows regarding fact and fiction and students research Pocahontas.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    What Would Ben, Tom, and George Think? Blogging about the American Revolution
    After researching famous people of the American Revolution, students take on the identities of these Patriots and Loyalists. Students then participate in a blog, writing responses about events leading up to and during the American Revolutionary War.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Critical Discussion of Social Issues
    Through a series of picture book read-alouds, students engage in critical discussion of complex issues of race, class, and gender.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 8
    Faith Ringgold was born on October 8, 1930.
    Students use Ringgold's books as a springboard for a discussion of race, gender, and civil rights, and then write and illustrate original picture books on these topics.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 10
    The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.
    After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write "A Day in the Life" narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit.

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