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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 1
    Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.
    Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Critical Discussion of Social Issues
    Through a series of picture book read-alouds, students engage in critical discussion of complex issues of race, class, and gender.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 23
    Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the US to earn a MD degree in 1849.
    "Famous Firsts" are researched by students, followed by small group research and multimedia presentations to report research results.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Every Punctuation Mark Matters: A Minilesson on Semicolons
    Students analyze stylistic choices and grammar use in authentic writing, focusing on the use of the semicolon in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Exploring Author's Voice Using Jane Addams Award-Winning Books
    History has many faces in this lesson in which students read Jane Addams Award-winning books to learn about peace, social justice, world community, and equality.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 24
    Gold was discovered in California in 1848.
    Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    How Big Are Martin's Big Words? Thinking Big about the Future
    Inspired by the book Martin's Big Words, students explore information on Dr. King to think about his "big" words, then they write about their own "big" words and dreams.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 8
    On this day in 1935, Elvis Presley was born.
    Students visit the National Archives to read a letter written by Elvis Presley to President Nixon. The Letter Generator is used to write a letter to a current artist suggesting a meeting with the President.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 10  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Reading for Learning: Using Discipline-Based Texts to Build Content Knowledge
    Heather Lattimer provides practical, classroom-tested approaches to helping students access and critically respond to content-based texts.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28
    The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.
    Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.

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