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February 12

Author Jacqueline Woodson was born today.

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Author Jacqueline Woodson was born today.

Grades 5 – 9
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Author of such titles as Minnie's Boys, Feathers, Locomotion, and After Tupac and D Foster, Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for Brown Girl Dreaming in 2014. She is also a recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Award and a Margaret Edwards Award.




Read aloud the poem “February 12, 1963,” the first poem in Brown Girl Dreaming, and encourage students to use Woodson’s free verse style to write a poem commemorating their own birthday or the birthday of a friend or relative.

After students draft a collection of images and ideas, encourage them to use the Line Break Explorer to experiment with ways to arrange their words for aural and visual effect.  Students can also use the Acrostic Poems or Diamante Poems interactives to find other ways to represent a birthday through verse.





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Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Perspectives on Desegregation Using Brown Girl Dreaming

Students read and discuss a selection of poems from Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming to explore varying views on the process of desegregation in America.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Literature as a Catalyst for Social Action: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

Students are invited to confront and discuss issues of injustice and intolerance in response to reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.


Grades   4 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Guided Comprehension: Visualizing Using the Sketch-to-Stretch Strategy

Guided comprehension moves your middle-grade students beyond decoding to become successful, independent readers. The sketch-to-stretch strategy encourages students to use "brain TV" to help them understand a text through visualization.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action

Students explore the effects of stereotypes by analyzing children's books. Then they create bookmarks that encourage readers to question the assumptions of stereotyped books and to seek out matching, balanced texts.