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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    MyTube: Changing the World With Video Public Service Announcements
    This assignment will go viral with students as they think about the meanings of words and images in public service announcements from YouTube before creating a PSA of their own.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 24
    National Spelling Bee Finals are held this week.
    Students discuss why certain contests get more publicity than others and what counts as "knowledge."
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 17
    On the Road author Jack Kerouac embarked on his first cross-country road trip in 1947.
    Students read a section from On the Road that deals with cross-country travel and reflects Kerouac's unique writing style. Students then attempt to write a narrative using Kerouac's stream-of-consciousness style.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 12
    On this date in 1901, Andrew Carnegie gave $5.2 million to New York City libraries.
    Students write expository and persuasive pieces with the help of the Persuasion Map and Essay Map interactives, and compare the essential features of the two modes of writing.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 19
    On this day in 1918, the United States passed the U.S. Standard Time Act.
    A video conference with a class from a different country or time zone is planned. Students brainstorm questions to ask and figure out how many time zones they would have to travel through to have the conference.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 5
    Pocahontas married John Rolfe on this date in 1614.
    Students read "The Chieftan's Daughter" and are shown the fresco that tells the legend of Pocahontas. A class discussion follows regarding fact and fiction and students research Pocahontas.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 29
    Poe's "The Raven" was published in 1845.
    As Poe's "The Raven" is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 19
    Poet and author Pat Mora was born on this day in 1942.
    Students study and write extended metaphors through the use of Pat Mora's book.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 7
    Poet Nikki Giovanni was born in 1943.
    Using the poem "My First Memory (of Librarians)," students connect memory, their senses, and the language of poetry.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 25
    Poet Robert Burns was born in 1759.
    Students read examples of traditional Scottish ballads and use this information to write and perform their own ballads.

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