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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey
    Students are guided through an informal exploration of nonfiction texts and child-oriented Websites, learning browsing and skimming techniques for the purpose of gathering interesting information.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 16
    African American journalist Ida B. Wells was born in 1862.
    Students brainstorm a list of human rights issues, research their group's issue in depth, examine the way journalists cover a story, and create articles for a classroom newspaper.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Amazing Biographies: Writing About People Who Change the World
    After reading about historical figures and other important people that have changed the world, children choose someone that they consider to be "amazing"—either someone they've heard about or someone they know—and create a book page that highlights this person.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments
    Students are often asked to perform speeches, but rarely do we require students to analyze speeches as carefully as we study works of literature. In this unit, students are required to identify the rhetorical strategies in a famous speech and the specific purpose for each chosen device. They will write an essay about its effectiveness and why it is still famous after all these years.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words: Using Infographics to Illustrate How-to Writing
    Students write step-by-step instructions on topics of their own choosing. Then using Piktochart, students create their own infographics to illustrate their instructions.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 5
    Author Amy Tan was born today in 1952
    Students watch an excerpt of an interview with Tan and apply some of her principles to writing a story of their own.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 9
    Author Matt de la Peña was born today.
    Students use an essay by de la Peña as a model for writing their own literacy autobiography.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 1
    Author Tim O'Brien was born on this day.
    After reading O'Brien's story "A True War Story" from The Things They Carried, students choose a powerful event from their own lives and map it using the Timeline Tool. They then create a fictional version of this event.

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