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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 31
    Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.
    Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 2
    James Baldwin was born today in 1924.
    Students read and respond to an essay by Baldwin, commenting on the contemporary resonance of his ideas.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7
    Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.
    Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 9
    Kristallnacht occurred in 1938.
    To help understand the thinking of German leaders during the Holocaust, students write about a time when they failed to come to the assistance of someone who needed help.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 15
    Latinx Heritage Month begins today.
    Students brainstorm all the various aspects of Latinx culture and compile topics to research. Groups then research topics and present their information to the class.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Learning About Research and Writing Using the American Revolution
    Students across the board will get a kick out of researching a historical figure from the American Revolution to create an acrostic poem.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   10 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Life is Beautiful: Teaching the Holocaust through Film with Complementary Texts
    After students have read a book about the Holocaust, such as The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel, students will view Life is Beautiful and complete discussion questions to challenge their ability to analyze literature using film.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Narrative Structure and Perspectives in Toni Morrison's Beloved
    Using Beloved as a model of a work with multiple narrative perspectives, students use a visualizing activity and close reading to consider ways in which subjective values shape contradictory representations.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Nonfiction Roundup
    With each annual crop of new nonfiction, teens have the opportunity to discover and explore new disciplinary worlds. Tune in to hear about an array of recently-published nonfiction titles that will engage teens in learning about history, science, economics, and medicine. You'll hear about junk food and advertising, the atomic bomb and civil rights, bird watching and volcanoes books written in a variety of formats for a variety of teen readers.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Pictures Tell the Story: Improving Comprehension With Persepolis
    Students get the big picture of the Middle East when they read and analyze Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis.

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