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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 25
    Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1803.
    Students visit a quotation attributed to Emerson and identify the definition of success. Students then use the Postcard Creator to write a note to a person that they feel is successful.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 22
    Randolph Caldecott was born on March 22, 1846.
    Students explore the history of the Caldecott Medal and create a classroom literary award modeled after the Caldecott.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 4
    Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913.
    Rosa Parks was committed to the struggle for social justice and human rights until her death, inspiring millions of people around the world. Today, we celebrate her!
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 29
    Scotland Yard was established this day in 1829.
    Students explore the resources on the Scotland Yard website and compare the advice given to London's citizens to the advice available from the local police department.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Seuss and Silverstein: Posing Questions, Presenting Points
    Students will enjoy this blast from the past as they read the works of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to analyze the way social issues are addressed in selected works.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 7
    Sherman Alexie was born in 1966.
    Students imagine they have been asked to participate in a museum exhibit, take photos/videos of a significant location, and write or record reflections. Students can also create an exhibit from something they have read.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Style-Shifting: Examining and Using Formal and Informal Language Styles
    Students observe how language features vary when shifting from an informal to a formal style or vice versa. By engaging in style shifting in both speech and writing, students become aware of how we all change language styles depending on the contexts in which we are speaking or writing.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 5
    Susan B. Anthony voted on this date in 1872, leading to her arrest.
    After assigning special privileges to an arbitrarily designated group, students write about how they felt during the simulation and consider what they might be willing to do to change an unjust law.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 9
    The Barbie doll was unveiled in 1959.
    Students explore body image and advertising through an activity where they bring in pictures from magazines that they read and discuss gender representations in the media.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Great Service-Learning Debate & Research Project
    Students debate about incorporating service-learning into their school's curriculum.

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