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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Digitally Explaining the Immigrant Experience
    The United States has become the chosen home for many around the world. From the first explorers to the newest arrivals, each immigrant had his/her own reasons for traveling to America to face new challenges in this country. In this lesson after researching about particular immigrants, students will compare and contrast the immigrant experience. Together with a partner, students will create digital stories to share the experiences of two immigrants to encourage an understanding of the immigrant experience.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 30
    Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928.
    Students compare and contrast two views of the Holocaust from different authors. Students may also research stories of other survivors who may or may not be published and create a presentation on this survivor.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 28
    Esther Forbes, author of Johnny Tremain, was born in 1891.
    Students explore the genre of historical fiction by writing original works and comparing all of the finished pieces.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Examining History with Maya Angelou's Poetry
    To understand the historical background that influenced Maya Angelou's poems, students research events to produce trading cards using the ReadWriteThink Trading Card App or Trading Card Student Interactive. Through the sharing of these trading cards, students understand the historical background as they analyze Angelou's poetry.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Exploring and Sharing Family Stories
    Writing gets personal when students interview family members in order to write a personal narrative about that person.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Exploring Author's Voice Using Jane Addams Award-Winning Books
    History has many faces in this lesson in which students read Jane Addams Award-winning books to learn about peace, social justice, world community, and equality.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Exploring History
    Hear about an amazing range of books that explore history, including works of fiction as well as non-fiction, biographies, graphic novels, verse novels, and investigative journalism.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Exploring Intersections between Digital and Disciplinary Literacy: Leveraging Synergies for Deeper Learning
    This interactive Web seminar will examine digital practices essential for learning in the disciplines.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Guided Comprehension in Action: Teaching Summarizing With the Bio-Cube
    Students learn the ins and outs of writing biographies by researching a contemporary or historical figure and writing a summary.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    International Books for Teens
    In this episode, you'll hear about books in a range of genres that give teens insight into the social and political conditions young people face around the globe. Together they offer a sustained look at war, poverty, and the struggle for human rights, but they also speak volumes about ordinary people and their capacity for hope and resilience.

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