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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 28
    Author Lois Duncan was born on this date in 1934.
    Mysteries are shared with students for them to solve and brainstorm the attributes of a good mystery. Small groups then compose short mysteries using the Mystery Cube.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 19
    Celebrate National Library Week!
    Students learn more about libraries as part of National Library Week.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 27
    Coretta Scott King was born on this day in 1927.
    Students do a book report assignment based on a current or past winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Developing Reading Plans to Support Independent Reading
    Students analyze their past readings and use that knowledge to create reading plans for the future.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Fighting Injustice by Studying Lessons of the Past
    Social injustice occurs every day all over the world. In this lesson, students research a few historical examples of social injustice, including the Holocaust, the Trail of Tears, and Japanese internment.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 4
    In 1928, Maya Angelou was born.
    After hearing Maya Angelou's poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," students infer information about the speaker and her feelings about America and reflect on how one's life and experiences can influence one's writing.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 9
    In 1939, Marian Anderson was denied permission to sing at Constitution Hall.
    Students view Eleanor Roosevelt's resignation letter to the DAR in response to Andersen being denied permission to sing. Students write a letter to a newspaper editor about social injustice.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 5
    Pocahontas married John Rolfe on this date in 1614.
    Students read "The Chieftan's Daughter" and are shown the fresco that tells the legend of Pocahontas. A class discussion follows regarding fact and fiction and students research Pocahontas.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 13
    Seamus Heaney was born on this day in 1939.
    Students focus on the figurative language in Heaney's poem, "Digging," and discuss the speaker's attitude, and how metaphor, simile, and image contribute to the poem.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Thoughtful Threads: Sparking Rich Online Discussions
    Today's students love chatting online with friends. This lesson combines that love with literature. Students form literature circles and have meaningful online discussions about a literary work.

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