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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 5
    French author Guy de Maupassant was born on this day in 1850.
    Students read and then rewrite a de Maupassant short story, updating its vocabulary and setting to that of the 21st century.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 2
    James Baldwin was born today in 1924.
    Students read and respond to an essay by Baldwin, commenting on the contemporary resonance of his ideas.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 29
    Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952.
    Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 21
    Novelist Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899.
    Students examine the ways different authors treat the subject of war in their writing and compare and contrast using the Venn Diagram interactive.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 27
    On this day in 1907, Rachel Carson was born.
    Students learn about Rachel Carson, explore different environmental websites, and write a Diamante Poem about a particular habitat.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 27
    Playwright August Wilson was born in 1945.
    Students use the Timeline Tool and Drama Map to create a decade-by-decade record and play of their community's history.

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