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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   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 9
    Author Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944.
    After students read the novel The Color Purple, dialect is discussed and students write a short piece of fiction or poetry using the dialect of their peer group.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Decoding the Dystopian Characteristics of Macintosh's "1984" Commercial
    This lesson uses the "1984" Macintosh Commercial to introduce students to dystopian characteristics. Students analyze techniques used in the commercial and identify the comments that it makes about contemporary society.
  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   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Exploring and Sharing Family Stories
    Writing gets personal when students interview family members in order to write a personal narrative about that person.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 27
    In 1902, John Steinbeck was born.
    Students brainstorm a list of the ills of society, research a topic of their choosing, and then prepare an annotated bibliography of texts that address the topic.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Literature as a Catalyst for Social Action: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges
    Students are invited to confront and discuss issues of injustice and intolerance in response to reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Play Ball! Encouraging Critical Thinking Through Baseball Questions
    Cooperation and critical thinking are the name of the game as students use baseball facts they find online to create trivia questions for a class Jeopardy game.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 4
    Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913.
    Rosa Parks was committed to the struggle for social justice and human rights until her death, inspiring millions of people around the world. Today, we celebrate her!
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Storytelling in the Social Studies Classroom
    People make the past come alive as students research and then share stories about famous Americans who promoted democratic ideals.

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