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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 30
    Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928.
    Students compare and contrast two views of the Holocaust from different authors. Students may also research stories of other survivors who may or may not be published and create a presentation on this survivor.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 28
    Esther Forbes, author of Johnny Tremain, was born in 1891.
    Students explore the genre of historical fiction by writing original works and comparing all of the finished pieces.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 8
    Faith Ringgold was born on October 8, 1930.
    Students use Ringgold's books as a springboard for a discussion of race, gender, and civil rights, and then write and illustrate original picture books on these topics.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3
    Gwendolyn Brooks published Bronzeville Boys and Girls in 1956.
    After students have read and discussed several poems from Brooks' collection, they create a poetry anthology for their own family, neighborhood, or classroom.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 12
    Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817.
    Students make mental "snapshots" of a natural setting, then capture the details of their setting by writing and then creating a class booklet of the nature walk.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 8
    In 1847, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was born.
    Students brainstorm the superstitions they know and small groups research one of the superstitions to determine its origin and meaning or purpose. Students can write about the superstition using the Mystery Cube interactive.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 4
    In 1928, Maya Angelou was born.
    After hearing Maya Angelou's poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," students infer information about the speaker and her feelings about America and reflect on how one's life and experiences can influence one's writing.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 5
    In 1952, Paul Fleischman was born on this day.
    Some of Fleishman's memories in his essay "My House of Voices" are shared with the class. Students then write a descriptive essay that gives a tour of the voices in their homes, school, etc.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 31
    J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.
    Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 3
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on this day.
    Students compare the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's novels. Students then imagine how a scene in a current novel that they are reading would be filmed.

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