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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Langston Hughes was born in 1902.
    Students examine the poem "Dreams" and identify metaphors in each sentence. Groups of students then compose poems with metaphors for dreams.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 9
    Nancy Farmer, three-time Newbery honoree, was born in 1941.
    Students write original short stories in the science fiction genre based on some of Farmer's works and society's most hotly-debated issues, such as cloning, toxic waste, and brain implants.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 3
    National Public Radio began broadcasting in 1971.
    Students make predictions about the content of some of NPR's programs, then listen to the programs and report on the contents and discuss with the class.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 17
    On the Road author Jack Kerouac embarked on his first cross-country road trip in 1947.
    Students read a section from On the Road that deals with cross-country travel and reflects Kerouac's unique writing style. Students then attempt to write a narrative using Kerouac's stream-of-consciousness style.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 5
    Pocahontas married John Rolfe on this date in 1614.
    Students read "The Chieftan's Daughter" and are shown the fresco that tells the legend of Pocahontas. A class discussion follows regarding fact and fiction and students research Pocahontas.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 29
    Poe's "The Raven" was published in 1845.
    As Poe's "The Raven" is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 19
    Poet and author Pat Mora was born on this day in 1942.
    Students study and write extended metaphors through the use of Pat Mora's book.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 27
    Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar was born today in 1872.
    Students read one of Dunbar's most famous poems and explore how critical excerpts shape their understanding.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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