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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 28
    Author Lois Duncan was born on this date in 1934.
    Mysteries are shared with students for them to solve and brainstorm the attributes of a good mystery. Small groups then compose short mysteries using the Mystery Cube.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 21
    Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, was born on this day.
    Students write their own "Junie B." stories, based on the Junie B. Jones series, after brainstorming issues they've experienced during the school year.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 6
    Celebrate Cynthia Rylant's birthday!
    Students work in small groups or as a class to map the plot of a selected Cynthia Rylant story and create original literary works using the plot diagrams.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 27
    Coretta Scott King was born on this day in 1927.
    Students do a book report assignment based on a current or past winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 29
    David Wiesner's book June 29, 1999 showcases this day.
    Students explore the delightful illustrations in Wiesner's book and identify elements that make the emotions in the story obvious to someone reading the book.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 4
    Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born on this day in 1862.
    Students select several books from one of Stratemeyer's series to read, discuss shared elements in the books, and use the 3-Circle Venn Diagram to compare story elements.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 8
    Faith Ringgold was born on October 8, 1930.
    Students use Ringgold's books as a springboard for a discussion of race, gender, and civil rights, and then write and illustrate original picture books on these topics.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Gary Soto, poet and children's writer, was born on this date in 1952.
    Using one of Soto's stories, students take part in share stories about their families, describe their street/neighborhood, or compose an acrostic poem using the Acrostic Poems interactive tool.

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