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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 20
    Actor Sidney Poitier was born in 1924.
    Students do a journal entry about barriers that have been broken,such as age, race, and gender, that might impede them in the future, and how they can break through those barriers.
  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   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Alter Egos and More with Avi's "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?"
    After reading Avi's novel "Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?", students create an alter ego for themselves and use it to write their own radio show, modeled after the book.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 28
    America celebrates Thanksgiving Day today.
    After reading the book Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving, students read the letter Hale sent to Lincoln and brainstorm a list of ways to make their community better.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 12
    Anne Frank received her famous diary in 1942.
    Students learn about eyewitness reports through a lesson that is grade-level appropriate. Then, groups use primary source documents and research an event using eyewitness accounts.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 1
    Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.
    Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 25
    Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.
    Students view a Picasso piece, write their impressions, and share. Students can create their own Picasso-style art using the interactive Picassohead.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Audience & Purpose: Evaluating Disney's Changes to the Hercules Myth
    What drives changes to classic myths and fables? In this lesson students evaluate the changes Disney made to the myth of "Hercules" in order to achieve their audience and purpose.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 19
    Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.
    Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read Smoky Night to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 23
    Avi was born in 1937.
    After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.

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