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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 31
    J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.
    Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 3
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on this day.
    Students compare the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's novels. Students then imagine how a scene in a current novel that they are reading would be filmed.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Joining the Conversation about Young Adult Literature
    Students create a persuasive case calling for the adoption of a particular young adult literature title into their school's language arts curriculum by writing letters or speeches.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 30
    Jonathan Swift was born on this day in 1667.
    Students explore satire and parody in television and film, advertising, and journalism and create a display that highlights their findings.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Judging a Book by its Cover: The Art and Imagery of The Great Gatsby
    Students explore The Great Gatsby's allusion to art and its use of visual imagery and conclude their study by designing their own cover for the novel.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 29
    Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952.
    Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Language and Power in The Handmaid's Tale and the World
    Students work in small groups to examine Margaret Atwood's use of and observations about language in The Handmaid's Tale. Through this activity, students discover and articulate overarching thematic trends in the book and then can extend their observations about official or political language to examples from their own world.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Literary Scrapbooks Online: An Electronic Reader-Response Project
    Students capture scraps of information from a variety of Web resources and use them to create an electronic scrapbook. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and citing resources.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Looking for the Byronic Hero Using Twilight's Edward Cullen
    Using the character of Edward Cullen from the Twilight series, this lesson introduces the Byronic hero and asks students to compare the Byronic hero to the traditional hero and villain.

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