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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 25
    Artist Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881.
    Students view a Picasso piece, write their impressions, and share. Students can create their own Picasso-style art using the interactive Picassohead.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 8
    Faith Ringgold was born on October 8, 1930.
    Students use Ringgold's books as a springboard for a discussion of race, gender, and civil rights, and then write and illustrate original picture books on these topics.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Guided Comprehension: Monitoring Using the INSERT Technique
    Based on the Guided Comprehension Model developed by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson introduces students to the comprehension strategy of monitoring.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Guided Comprehension: Self-Questioning Using Question-Answer Relationships
    Guided comprehension moves your students beyond decoding to become independent readers. Generating questions to guide reading helps readers make connections with the text and supports independent comprehension of new texts.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 9
    In 1940, musician and peace activist John Lennon was born.
    After listening to "Imagine," students reflect on the lyrics and answer questions. Then, they have a chance to write a stanza for their own song.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Scaffolding Levels of Text Complexity (With Discipline-based Texts)
    Join NCTE for the web seminar "Literacy in Social studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Scaffolding Levels of Text Complexity (With Discipline-based Texts)" hosted by Jan Clinard.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 7
    Sherman Alexie was born in 1966.
    Students imagine they have been asked to participate in a museum exhibit, take photos/videos of a significant location, and write or record reflections. Students can also create an exhibit from something they have read.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies
    Antislavery heroes are the focus of this lesson. Students research a historical figure who played a key role in the abolition of slavery, and then create a three-dimensional biographical mobile.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 2
    Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967.
    After discussing a statement made by Thurgood Marshall, students consider each piece of the comment and create a K-W-L chart to begin an investigation with other resources.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Tim O'Brien in the Classroom: "This too is true: Stories can save us"
    As part of the NCTE High School Literature Series, Tim O'Brien in the Classroom focuses on opportunities for classroom discussion and writing assignments, including lessons, open-ended prompts, and student writing samples.

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