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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Communicating on Local Issues: Exploring Audience in Persuasive Letter Writing
    Students will research a local issue, and then write letters to two different audiences, asking readers to take a related action or adopt a specific position on the issue.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 31
    César Chávez was born on this day in 1927.
    Students work in small groups to research a civil rights leader and do a creative writing piece, followed by a short story, with their group.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 19
    On this day in 1918, the United States passed the U.S. Standard Time Act.
    A video conference with a class from a different country or time zone is planned. Students brainstorm questions to ask and figure out how many time zones they would have to travel through to have the conference.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Seuss and Silverstein: Posing Questions, Presenting Points
    Students will enjoy this blast from the past as they read the works of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to analyze the way social issues are addressed in selected works.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 9
    The Barbie doll was unveiled in 1959.
    Students explore body image and advertising through an activity where they bring in pictures from magazines that they read and discuss gender representations in the media.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Pros and Cons of Discussion
    Students use a Discussion Web to engage in meaningful discussion of the question, "Are people equal?"
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 5
    Today is Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko's birthday.
    Students revive elements of the oral tradition by writing about something funny that happened to them recently, sharing with classmates, and discussing the changes that occur during the retelling of the stories.