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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 22
    Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim was born today.
    Students examine the painting that inspired Sondheim's Pulitzer-prize winning musical and then create a story of their own based on image they choose.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 31
    César Chávez was born on this day in 1927.
    Students work in small groups to research a civil rights leader and do a creative writing piece, followed by a short story, with their group.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Audience and Purpose with a Single Issue
    Students explore the concepts of audience and purpose by focusing on an issue that divided Americans in 1925, the debate of evolution versus creationism raised by the Scopes Monkey Trial.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Consumerism Where Ads and Art Intersect
    Students add up the effect of images and persuasive language to analyze the art and words in advertisements.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Satire with The Simpsons
    This lesson uses an example from popular culture, The Simpsons, as a means to explore the literary technique of satire and to analyze a satirical work.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 11
    Ezra Jack Keats was born on this day in 1916.
    In celebration of Keats' birthday, students write stories that include some characters from Keats' books and practice using collage techniques with the Collage Machine.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Finding Common Ground: Using Logical, Audience-Specific Arguments
    Using a hypothetical situation, students generate arguments from opposing points of view, discover areas of commonality using Venn diagrams, and construct logical, audience-specific arguments to persuade their opponents.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    From Dr. Seuss to Jonathan Swift: Exploring the History behind the Satire
    Use Dr. Seuss's The Butter Battle Book as an accessible introduction to satire. Reading, discussing, and researching this picture book paves the way for a deeper understanding of Gulliver's Travels.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    In Literature, Interpretation is the Thing
    Students consider Shakespearean literature to be or not to be useful in a modern context when they analyze the relationship between text and reader interpretation.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Language and Power in The Handmaid's Tale and the World
    Students work in small groups to examine Margaret Atwood's use of and observations about language in The Handmaid's Tale. Through this activity, students discover and articulate overarching thematic trends in the book and then can extend their observations about official or political language to examples from their own world.

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