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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 25
    Poet Robert Burns was born in 1759.
    Students read examples of traditional Scottish ballads and use this information to write and perform their own ballads.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 26
    Poet Robert Frost was born in 1874.
    Students celebrate Frost's birthday by exploring his innovation in the sonnet form by studying poems and presenting them to the class.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 29
    Poet Yusef Komunyakaa was born in 1947.
    Students examine imagery in the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 18
    Raymond Carver was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988.
    Students identify characteristics of Carver's work and compare them to other authors, as well as to literary minimalism. Students then write original poems or short stories in minimalist style.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 1
    Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus.
    Students make believe that the year is 1955 and they just heard about Parks' arrest. Students write newspaper editorials with their points of view on segregation.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 23
    The Summer Olympics start today!
    Students explore a variety of themes such as peace, culture, motion, sports, and competition using 2020/21 Summer Olympics games in Tokyo as the backdrop.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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