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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 18
    Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937.
    Students brainstorm the kinds of stories they know and where these stories come from. Students return to these questions as they begin reading Hurston's novel.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 6
    The Jazz Singer debuted on this day in 1927.
    Students think about the sound in a movie they have seen multiple times. Then students predict what sounds they expect to hear in a short scene from a film with the sound turned down.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 22
    The Pied Piper led the children out of Hamelin in 1376.
    After listening to The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, students compare Pratchett's version with Browning's version and discuss how perspective changes the story.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28
    The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.
    Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 24
    The Summer Olympics start today!
    Students explore a variety of themes such as peace, culture, motion, sports, and competition using 2020 Summer Olympics games in Tokyo as the backdrop.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Today is D.E.A.R. Day!
    April 12 is known as D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 5
    Today is Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko's birthday.
    Students revive elements of the oral tradition by writing about something funny that happened to them recently, sharing with classmates, and discussing the changes that occur during the retelling of the stories.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 5
    Today is World Read Aloud Day.
    Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3
    United States Congress officially adopted the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1985.
    Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 20
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was published in 1974.
    Students are introduced to a Silverstein verse and asked for their impressions. They then draw that they imagine when they read one of his lines and then write a line or two to continue the passage.

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