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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 17
    Davy Crockett was born in 1786.
    Students read selected excerpts from Crockett's biography and consider whether present-day politicians follow Crockett's advice.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 28
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
    Students explore the "I Have a Dream" Foundation's website and brainstorm ways they can help themselves or others at their school achieve their educational dreams.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 15
    In 1870, the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad was completed.
    Students access the National Park Service website and look at the webpage "The Last Spikes." Students explore different accounts of what happened as the railroad neared completion and discuss the nature of ceremonies.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Mail Time! An Integrated Postcard and Geography Study
    Children write and receive postcards from friends and family, and then chart where all those postcards come from on a classroom map.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Making It Visual for ELL Students: Teaching History Using Maus
    Spark the engagement of English-language learners or reluctant readers with the graphic novel Maus. The visual information provided by the genre serves as a support for reading and critical engagement.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 18
    Montgomery Ward published the first mail-order catalog in 1872.
    Students explore how and why catalogs have changed over the years and compare their findings about printed catalogs with online catalogs.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Power of Picture Books, The: Using Content Area Literature in Middle School
    Featuring descriptions and activities for fifty exceptional titles, Mary Jo Fresch and Peggy Harkins offer a wealth of ideas for harnessing the power of picture books to improve reading and writing in the content areas.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 13
    The first English printer, William Caxton, was born on this day in 1422.
    Students consider how the printing press affects their world by completing a printing inventory, comparing lists, and developing a "super" list of all printed materials that they interact with.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 10
    The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.
    After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write "A Day in the Life" narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit.

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