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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  |  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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 17
    Davy Crockett was born in 1786.
    Students read selected excerpts from Crockett's biography and consider whether present-day politicians follow Crockett's advice.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 23
    Diarist Samuel Pepys was born.
    Students write diary entries and revisit the entries as if it were a hundred years from now. Students then brainstorm and write paragraphs about life in the 21st century.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 28
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
    Students explore the "I Have a Dream" Foundation's website and brainstorm ways they can help themselves or others at their school achieve their educational dreams.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 15
    In 1870, the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad was completed.
    Students access the National Park Service website and look at the webpage "The Last Spikes." Students explore different accounts of what happened as the railroad neared completion and discuss the nature of ceremonies.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 9
    In 1939, Marian Anderson was denied permission to sing at Constitution Hall.
    Students view Eleanor Roosevelt's resignation letter to the DAR in response to Andersen being denied permission to sing. Students write a letter to a newspaper editor about social injustice.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 5
    Pocahontas married John Rolfe on this date in 1614.
    Students read "The Chieftan's Daughter" and are shown the fresco that tells the legend of Pocahontas. A class discussion follows regarding fact and fiction and students research Pocahontas.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 4
    President Barack Obama was born today in 1961.
    Students are introduced to a passage by President Barack Obama in his book Dreams from My Father and are encouraged to engage in an examination of the ways they are portrayed by the media.

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