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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 29
    Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952.
    Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Life Stories
    Life stories are books that trace defining moments and turning points in people's lives. By exploring how individuals overcome obstacles and discover their passions or fall prey to mistakes and inner demons life stories illustrate how human beings navigate the complexities of living. Tune in to hear about a variety of life stories some that celebrate lives of success, others that mourn lives tragically lost or wasted.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Scaffolding Levels of Text Complexity (With Discipline-based Texts)
    Join NCTE for the web seminar "Literacy in Social studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Scaffolding Levels of Text Complexity (With Discipline-based Texts)" hosted by Jan Clinard.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Literature as a Catalyst for Social Action: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges
    Students are invited to confront and discuss issues of injustice and intolerance in response to reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness
    This lesson provides the "action piece" for any study of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this project, students participate in Dr. King's dream by doing 100 acts of kindness.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 9
    Nancy Farmer, three-time Newbery honoree, was born in 1941.
    Students write original short stories in the science fiction genre based on some of Farmer's works and society's most hotly-debated issues, such as cloning, toxic waste, and brain implants.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Nonfiction Roundup
    With each annual crop of new nonfiction, teens have the opportunity to discover and explore new disciplinary worlds. Tune in to hear about an array of recently-published nonfiction titles that will engage teens in learning about history, science, economics, and medicine. You'll hear about junk food and advertising, the atomic bomb and civil rights, bird watching and volcanoes books written in a variety of formats for a variety of teen readers.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Pictures Tell the Story: Improving Comprehension With Persepolis
    Students get the big picture of the Middle East when they read and analyze Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 29
    Poet Yusef Komunyakaa was born in 1947.
    Students examine imagery in the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Power of Picture Books, The: Using Content Area Literature in Middle School
    Featuring descriptions and activities for fifty exceptional titles, Mary Jo Fresch and Peggy Harkins offer a wealth of ideas for harnessing the power of picture books to improve reading and writing in the content areas.

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