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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 5
    Annual fence-painting contests take place in Hannibal, Missouri.
    A scene from one of Twain's works is chosen and students map the story setting using the Story Map. Setting is then discussed as a class.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 11
    Author E.B. White was born on this day in 1899.
    Author E.B. White, most well-known for his famous children's book, Charlotte's Web, received high acclaim and awards for many of his works of fiction.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 15
    Beware the Ides of March!
    Students discuss and categorize superstitions, define a superstition, and compare the similarities and difference between proverbs and superstitions.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 30
    Black Beauty author Anna Sewell was born in 1820.
    Through Sewell's novel, students explore the cruelty to animals and extend the discussion to current events, eventually presenting the information.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 24
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered in New York in 1955.
    Students are introduced to the characteristics of drama, read a chapter from a novel the class has read, and create a script from the chapter that they will present to the class.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 25
    Celebrate Kate DiCamillo's birthday today.
    After examining the characters in one of DiCamillo's stories, students write original short stories featuring animals as central characters.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 7
    Celebrate Louise Erdrich's birthday today.
    Students watch a short video about Erdrich's love of books and write their own memory piece.

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