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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 19
    Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863.
    Students practice the Pre-AP strategy called SOAPSTone, identifying important parts of the Gettysburg Address and comparing it with John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Case for Reading - Examining Challenged and Banned Books
    Students examine books, selected from the American Library Association Challenged/Banned Books list, and write persuasive pieces expressing their views about what should be done with the books at their school.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Accountable Book Clubs: Focused Discussions
    Students form literature circles, read Esperanza Rising or Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan, use a Critical Thinking Map to discuss social issues, and use a class wiki.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 25
    A Christmas Carol was the first book transmitted over radio!
    Students write a script for A Christmas Carol on a level that primary students can read and perform. Older students record the performance and create a website to showcase photographs.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Active Reading through Self-Assessment: The Student-Made Quiz
    This recurring lesson encourages students to comprehend their reading through inquiry and collaboration. They choose important quotations from the text and work in groups to formulate "quiz" questions that their peers will answer.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 11
    Alex Haley, author of Roots, was born in 1921.
    Students explore their own roots by interviewing family members and use their family history to write a fictional account of their roots.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Alphabiography Project: Totally You
    The traditional autobiography writing project is given a twist as students write alphabiographies—recording an event, person, object, or feeling associated with each letter of the alphabet.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 11
    Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935.
    Students explore the definition of a hero and use the interactive Venn diagram to identify the most common characteristics of a hero.

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