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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 11
    Alex Haley, author of Roots, was born in 1921.
    Students explore their own roots by interviewing family members and use their family history to write a fictional account of their roots.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Free Speech and Persuasion with Nothing But the Truth
    Students read Avi's Nothing But the Truth and examine the First Amendment and student rights, and then decide whether the rights of the novel's protagonist, Philip, are violated.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 18
    Montgomery Ward published the first mail-order catalog in 1872.
    Students explore how and why catalogs have changed over the years and compare their findings about printed catalogs with online catalogs.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Power of Picture Books, The: Using Content Area Literature in Middle School
    Featuring descriptions and activities for fifty exceptional titles, Mary Jo Fresch and Peggy Harkins offer a wealth of ideas for harnessing the power of picture books to improve reading and writing in the content areas.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Proverbs: At Home and around the World
    In this lesson, students work with proverbs from home and from around the world, exploring how these maxims are tied to a culture's values and everyday experience.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Proverbs: Contemporary Proverbs
    This lesson challenges students to craft more apparent meanings for traditional maxims by updating proverbs from around the world and writing proverbs of their own.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 26
    The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920.
    A representative from the local chapter of the League of Women Voters is invited to talk to students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 13
    The first English printer, William Caxton, was born on this day in 1422.
    Students consider how the printing press affects their world by completing a printing inventory, comparing lists, and developing a "super" list of all printed materials that they interact with.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 7
    The first picture of Earth was taken by the U.S. satellite Explorer VI in 1959.
    After students view the first picture from the Explorer VI Satellite, they discuss the differences between this first image and the images of the earth that we typically see today.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 6
    The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926.
    Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete "famous." Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years.

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