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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 4
    Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born on this day in 1862.
    Students select several books from one of Stratemeyer's series to read, discuss shared elements in the books, and use the 3-Circle Venn Diagram to compare story elements.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Flying to Freedom: Tar Beach and The People Could Fly
    Students look to the past and use historical context to compare and contrast two characters from folktales.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Literature Circles: Getting Started
    Students practice different ways of collaborating to read a work of literature. They work in different roles as they compose and answer questions, discover new vocabulary, and examine literary elements.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Teaching Reading with YA Literature: Complex Texts, Complex Lives
    This book is designed to help teachers develop their own version of YA pedagogy and a vision for teaching YA lit in the middle and secondary classroom.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 13
    The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden was dedicated on October 13, 1995.
    Students select characters that they believe are the most memorable from Cleary's books and write short persuasive essays to explain their choices.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Big Bad Wolf: Analyzing Point of View in Texts
    Was the Big Bad Wolf really all that bad? This lesson encourages students to analyze multiple viewpoints, view texts from different angles, and recognize gaps in narrative.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    This is My Story: Encouraging Students to Use a Unique Voice
    What did the wolf think of Red Riding Hood? Once Upon a Fairy Tale offers his side of the story and more, providing vivid examples of how voice enlivens narrative. After comparing versions of the story, students apply the concept of voice to Fractured Fairy Tales and other writing activities.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 21
    Ursula K. LeGuin was born on this day in 1929.
    Students examine realistic and non-realistic elements of a familiar fantasy story of their choice.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Using a Word Journal to Create a Personal Dictionary
    Students will be the definition of vocabulary experts as they use the skills they learn in this lesson to track, define, and ultimately master unfamiliar words.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Writing Alternative Plots for Robert C. O'Brien's Z for Zachariah
    Students write new endings for the science fiction novel, Z for Zachariah by exploring alternative plotlines created by making different moral choices than those made by the main character.

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