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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 4
    In 1928, Maya Angelou was born.
    After hearing Maya Angelou's poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," students infer information about the speaker and her feelings about America and reflect on how one's life and experiences can influence one's writing.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 9
    In 1940, musician and peace activist John Lennon was born.
    After listening to "Imagine," students reflect on the lyrics and answer questions. Then, they have a chance to write a stanza for their own song.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    It's My Life: Multimodal Autobiography Project
    Students express themselves verbally, visually, and musically by creating multimodal autobiographies, exchanging ideas with other students and sharing important events in their lives through PowerPoint presentations.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    It's Raining Cats and Dogs! Make a Children's Book about the Weather
    Kids learn about weather sayings throughout history while writing and illustrating a book for younger children.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 29
    Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952.
    Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Making History Come Alive Through Poetry and Song
    Students compare the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald with the song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," then create their own poetry about a historical event.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Memorial Day is observed in the United States today.
    Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. In addition to having celebrations with family and friends, many people visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags on the grave sites of fallen servicemen and women.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Persuading an Audience: Writing Effective Letters to the Editor
    Students use persuasive writing and an understanding of the characteristics of letters to the editor to compose effective letters to the editor on topics of interest to them.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 27
    Playwright August Wilson was born in 1945.
    Students use the Timeline Tool and Drama Map to create a decade-by-decade record and play of their community's history.

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