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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 18
    Raymond Carver was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988.
    Students identify characteristics of Carver's work and compare them to other authors, as well as to literary minimalism. Students then write original poems or short stories in minimalist style.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 14
    Star Wars creator George Lucas was born in 1944.
    Students use the Hero's Journey interactive to describe how Luke Skywalker meets each stage of his journey, and then brainstorm other works that use the formula.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 18
    Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937.
    Students brainstorm the kinds of stories they know and where these stories come from. Students return to these questions as they begin reading Hurston's novel.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 16
    The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850.
    Students brainstorm the possible meaning of the title The Scarlet Letter and what its significance might be. The class' responses are returned to once the reading has begun to see how their definitions have changed.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Today is D.E.A.R. Day!
    April 12 is known as D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 17
    Today is St. Patrick's Day.
    St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by reading Irish folk tales and using the Story Cube tool to create a graphic organizer and see what characteristics are unique to Irish tales.
  10. 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.

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