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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Second Look at The Hunger Games
    With a new movie version of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins' story of a dystopian world where children are forced to fight to the death on live television is set to reach an even broader audience. Tune in to hear about the seeds for The Hunger Games story, themes that distinguish the series as an important work of literature, and what the books have to offer teen readers.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Audience & Purpose: Evaluating Disney's Changes to the Hercules Myth
    What drives changes to classic myths and fables? In this lesson students evaluate the changes Disney made to the myth of "Hercules" in order to achieve their audience and purpose.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Battling for Liberty: Tecumseh's and Patrick Henry's Language of Resistance
    Students study Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech and the ways Native Americans also resisted oppression through rhetoric and action.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party
    Students attend a 19th Century Victorian party to celebrate Scrooge's new outlook on life. They research characters from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and assume those personas for the party.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing
    Bio Cube
    Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Game & Tool
    Bio Cube
    The Bio Cube asks children to summarize information about a person for a biography or autobiography. The activity helps them learn how to identify and shorten key ideas.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Blurring Genre: Exploring Fiction and Nonfiction with Diary of a Worm
    After reading several examples of how a published author incorporates facts in fiction writing, students research a topic of their choice and write fictional diary entries that incorporate factual information.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Boars and Baseball: Making Connections
    In this lesson, students will make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections after reading In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. After sharing and discussing connections, students choose and plan a project that makes a personal connection to the text.

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