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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 20
    Sandra Cisneros was born today in 1954.
    Students choose a small aspect of their lives to develop into a story, poem, or brief essay inspired by Cisneros' work.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 9
    Science writer Seymour Simon was born in 1931.
    Students select and explore a scientific topic in detail using Simon's nonfiction science books and then use what they learn to write original poetry on the topic.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 13
    Seamus Heaney was born on this day in 1939.
    Students focus on the figurative language in Heaney's poem, "Digging," and discuss the speaker's attitude, and how metaphor, simile, and image contribute to the poem.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 10
    The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.
    After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write "A Day in the Life" narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Time Magazine launches its "Tom Swifty" contest today in 1963.
    Students have fun with language by creating a special kind of pun with its origin in a literary source.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 18
    Today is Chris Van Allsburg's birthday.
    Students explore varying points of view, one of Van Allsburg's common themes, by rewriting a traditional story.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Today is Walt Whitman's birthday.
    Students write and illustrate their own children's stories using the text from a Walt Whitman poem.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 21
    Today is World Poetry Day.
    Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 25
    Today, the American Library Association announces its annual book award winners.
    Students research different awards given by the ALA and do an activity based on one of the awards.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 14
    Valentine's Day is today!
    Students find examples of figurative language and write an original example of each device, illustrate, and share them with the class.

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