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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 25
    Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.
    Students view a Picasso piece, write their impressions, and share. Students can create their own Picasso-style art using the interactive Picassohead.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 1
    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is in May!
    Students consider the portrayal of Asians in popular culture by exploring images from classic and contemporary films and comparing them to historical and cultural reference materials.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 9
    Author Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944.
    After students read the novel The Color Purple, dialect is discussed and students write a short piece of fiction or poetry using the dialect of their peer group.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 19
    Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.
    Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read Smoky Night to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 9
    Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848.
    Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris' story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 14
    Author Laura Joffe Numeroff was born in 1953.
    Using one of Numeroff's books as a model, students use the circle plot structure as a culminating project for a unit of study completed in the classroom.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 23
    Author Laurie Halse Anderson was born today.
    Laurie Halse Anderson, the New York Times-bestselling author who is known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, was born on this day in 1961.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 28
    Author Lois Duncan was born on this date in 1934.
    Mysteries are shared with students for them to solve and brainstorm the attributes of a good mystery. Small groups then compose short mysteries using the Mystery Cube.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 28
    Author of Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt, was born in 1932.
    Students research the concept of immortality from beliefs around the world and compose a short story, myth, or poem that addresses immortality.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 23
    Avi was born in 1937.
    After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.

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