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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Celebrate Children's Authors and Illustrators Week
    Students "step into the shoes" of their favorite author by reading several of their books, conducting research, and preparing displays and presentations for the class.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Childhood Remembrances: Life and Art Intersect in Nikki Giovanni's "Nikki-Rosa"
    Students explore what Carol Jago calls the place "where life and art intersect" by reading Nikki Giovanni's poem, "Nikki-Rosa," and then writing about childhood memories of their own.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Discovering Memory: Li-Young Lee's Poem "Mnemonic" and the Brain
    Students learn about memory by doing a memory-writing exercise, studying the brain to understand how it affects memory, reading Li-Young Lee's poem "Mnemonic," and creating projects to demonstrate their understanding.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan
    Exploring Satire with Shrek
    The movie Shrek introduces the satirical techniques of exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody. Students brainstorm fairy tale characteristics, identify satirical techniques, then create their own satirical versions of fairy tales.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Finding the Science Behind Science Fiction through Paired Readings
    Students read science fiction texts and then use nonfiction texts to extrapolate the scientific principles presented as they discuss the "what ifs" within the context of scientific principles.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    From Fact to Fiction: Drawing and Writing Stories
    Students gather factual information about frogs and toads to create nonfiction and fiction stories. Drawing is used for prewriting.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 21
    Humorist Erma Bombeck was born in 1927.
    Using lines from Bombeck's newspaper column, students identify allusive or satirical humor. Older students can rewrite the passages for a different audience.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 27
    In 1902, John Steinbeck was born.
    Students brainstorm a list of the ills of society, research a topic of their choosing, and then prepare an annotated bibliography of texts that address the topic.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 3
    In 1927, Joan Lowery Nixon was born.
    As a class, a genre study of mysteries takes place and a chart is made about what makes a good mystery.

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