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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 1
    Author Tim O'Brien was born on this day.
    After reading O'Brien's story "A True War Story" from The Things They Carried, students choose a powerful event from their own lives and map it using the Timeline Tool. They then create a fictional version of this event.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Cultural Connections and Writing for Change
    A little understanding can go a long way. After learning about difficulties that Palestinian youths face, students will write a letter to an official discussing these issues.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Designing Museum Exhibits for The Grapes of Wrath: A Multigenre Project
    Using The Grapes of Wrath as a backdrop, students conduct research on issues that the novel addresses, publishing their findings in a multigenre museum exhibit.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Engaging Students in a Collaborative Exploration of the Gettysburg Address
    In small groups, students closely examine one sentence from the Gettysburg Address and create a multigenre project communicating what they have discovered about the meaning and significance of the text.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Flying to Freedom: Tar Beach and The People Could Fly
    Students look to the past and use historical context to compare and contrast two characters from folktales.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 9
    In 1940, musician and peace activist John Lennon was born.
    After listening to "Imagine," students reflect on the lyrics and answer questions. Then, they have a chance to write a stanza for their own song.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs
    Using The Giver, students discuss the importance recorded history. This provides context for descriptive writing of students' own history in a lesson that integrates personal writing, research, and literary response.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Year I Was Born: An Autobiographical Research Project
    Students explore the year they were born through interviews and research, and then weave the details into a newspaper or booklet, written from another person's point of view.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Tim O'Brien in the Classroom: "This too is true: Stories can save us"
    As part of the NCTE High School Literature Series, Tim O'Brien in the Classroom focuses on opportunities for classroom discussion and writing assignments, including lessons, open-ended prompts, and student writing samples.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Writing and Assessing an Autobiographical Incident
    Students build upon their knowledge of biographies to write their own autobiographical incident. After going through a process of revision, they use a rubric to assess their work.