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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 19
    Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.
    Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read Smoky Night to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 23
    Avi was born in 1937.
    After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Close Reading: The Assessment-Instruction Connection
    This interactive Web seminar will consider ways that thoughtful formative assessment can ensure that students are adequately supported in close reading, without removing the productive struggle of working with challenging texts.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Engaging the Disengaged: Using Learning Clubs to Motivate Struggling Adolescent Readers and Writers
    This article describes the use of learning clubs to motivate struggling students to engage in literacy events and foster literacy development.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Finding Figurative Language in The Phantom Tollbooth
    Students examine figurative language in The Phantom Tollbooth and create a chart representing the literal and figurative meanings of words and phrases.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Flip-a-Chip: Examining Affixes and Roots to Build Vocabulary
    Do your students detest having to define vocabulary words? Don"t confine them to worksheets—turn the study of affixes and roots into a hands-on contest to create context-rich vocabulary puzzles.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    In the Poet's Shoes: Performing Poetry and Building Meaning
    Students take poetic license when they interpret William Carlos William's poem "The Red Wheelbarrow" to help create a poem of their own.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Mind Pictures: Strategies That Enhance Mental Imagery While Reading
    Students create mental images while reading using a three-pronged approach: developing schemata and visual awareness; Watch-Read-Watch-Read (W-R-W-R), using video clips; and a strategy similar to the think-aloud approach.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 28
    Poor Richard's Almanack was first published in 1733.
    Students explore some of the proverbs taken from Poor Richard's Almanack, give their impressions or someone who would write these statements, and choose one saying to paraphrase.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using Children's Literature to Develop Classroom Community
    Conversation and cooperation bring out the best in students when they hold dialogues about their individual strengths, abilities, and talents.

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