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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   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 16
    The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850.
    Students brainstorm the possible meaning of the title The Scarlet Letter and what its significance might be. The class' responses are returned to once the reading has begun to see how their definitions have changed.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Time Magazine launches its "Tom Swifty" contest today in 1963.
    Students have fun with language by creating a special kind of pun with its origin in a literary source.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 18
    Today is Chris Van Allsburg's birthday.
    Students explore varying points of view, one of Van Allsburg's common themes, by rewriting a traditional story.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Today is Walt Whitman's birthday.
    Students write and illustrate their own children's stories using the text from a Walt Whitman poem.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 21
    Ursula K. LeGuin was born on this day in 1929.
    Students examine realistic and non-realistic elements of a familiar fantasy story of their choice.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 12
    Walter Dean Myers, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Monster, was born in 1937.
    Students discuss how the form of a film script affects the story, why the author may have selected this writing style, and write a story using a similar format.
  9. 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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