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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   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3
    Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.
    Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 8
    Jon Scieszka was born in 1954.
    Students review Scieszka's tips for encouraging young people to read and then create their own, sharing ideas with adults in their community through a letter.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 7
    Labor Day honors the labor movement in the United States.
    Marked by parades, picnics, and other celebrations, Labor Day is a time set aside to recognize the achievements of the American labor movement and the dignity in all work.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Listen, Look, and Learn: An Information-Gathering Process
    After listening to and discussing the story Score One for the Sloths, primary students research the sloth. Students use a variety of resources, including an information wheel graphic organizer.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Literature Response in Primary Classrooms
    This step-by-step literature response template for use with read-alouds asks students to use drawing and writing to respond to increasingly-complex prompts which address literary elements as well as personal connections.

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