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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Examining the Legacy of the American Civil Rights Era
    As part of their study of Richard Wright's Black Boy, students research and reflect on the current black-white racial divide in America. By examining the work of literature in the context of contemporary events, students will deepen their understanding of the work and of what it means to be an American today.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Language and Identity: Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" and Beyond
    Students explore the idea of "different Englishes" by reading Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" and writing literacy narratives about their own use of different language for different audiences and purposes.
  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   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 3
    Frederick Douglass began publication of The North Star today in 1847.
    Students read and discuss an editorial written by Frederick Douglass and then write the opening editorial for a contemporary publication devoted to a social cause important to them.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Heroes Are Made of This: Studying the Character of Heroes
    Designed to explore the hero and the heroic in literature, this unit asks students to discuss their ideas of heroism and analyze heroes in literature.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis
    Hero's Journey
    Students can use this tool to learn about the elements of the hero's journey, analyze a text that follows the hero's journey pattern, or start creating a hero story of their own.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 9
    In 1939, Marian Anderson was denied permission to sing at Constitution Hall.
    Students view Eleanor Roosevelt's resignation letter to the DAR in response to Andersen being denied permission to sing. Students write a letter to a newspaper editor about social injustice.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 31
    Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.
    Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society.
  10. 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.

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