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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Gaining Background for the Graphic Novel Persepolis: A WebQuest on Iran
    To prepare students for reading the graphic novel Persepolis, this lesson uses a WebQuest to focus students' research on finding reliable information about Iran before and during the Islamic Revolution.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 20
    In 1969, the first human walked on the moon.
    As a class, students discuss Neil Armstrong's famous quote when he landed on the moon and explore the difference that one word can make, as well as the gendered language that Armstrong uses.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7
    Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.
    Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3
    Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.
    Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 4
    Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913.
    Rosa Parks was committed to the struggle for social justice and human rights until her death, inspiring millions of people around the world. Today, we celebrate her!
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Feature Story—Fifteen Minutes (and 500 Words) of Fame!
    Students learn how to differentiate between a news story and a feature story by writing a profile of a classmate.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 10
    The New York Times used the slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print."
    After discussing newspapers and their different points of view, students choose a current event, read editorials on the event, and share them with the class to identify the editor's point of view.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28
    The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.
    Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 5
    Today is World Read Aloud Day.
    Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Vote for Me! Making Presidential Commercials Using Avatars
    After researching political platforms of past presidents through primary sources and other resources, students create commercials for these presidents using Voki, an online web tool that produces speaking avatars.

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