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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 24
    Gold was discovered in California in 1848.
    Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Guided Comprehension: Monitoring Using the INSERT Technique
    Based on the Guided Comprehension Model developed by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson introduces students to the comprehension strategy of monitoring.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Guided Comprehension: Previewing Using an Anticipation Guide
    Based on the Guided Comprehension Model developed by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson introduces students to the comprehension strategy of previewing.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    How-To Writing: Motivating Students to Write for a Real Purpose
    It's not easy surviving fourth grade (or third or fifth)! In this lesson, students brainstorm survival tips for future fourth graders and incorporate those tips into an essay.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 15
    In 1870, the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad was completed.
    Students access the National Park Service website and look at the webpage "The Last Spikes." Students explore different accounts of what happened as the railroad neared completion and discuss the nature of ceremonies.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 15
    In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.
    Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 20
    In 1969, the first human walked on the moon.
    As a class, students discuss Neil Armstrong's famous quote when he landed on the moon and explore the difference that one word can make, as well as the gendered language that Armstrong uses.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    I Remember That Book: Rereading as a Critical Investigation
    Curl up with a good book again—or not. In this lesson, students brainstorm why they reread some books, while passing up others, and write their reflections in an essay.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer
    I-Search Chart
    As part of an I-Search writing process, this handout facilitates the formation of meaningful questions and subquestions for student inquiry.

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