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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   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Creating a Childhood for a Character
    Students explore familiar literary characters, usually first encountered as adults, but whose childhood stories are only told later. Students then create childhoods for adult characters from books of their choice.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Summary, Symbol, and Analysis in Bookmarks
    Students make bookmarks on computers and share their ideas with other readers at their school, while practicing summarizing, recognizing symbols, and writing reviews—all for an authentic audience.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 19
    Celebrate National Library Week!
    Students learn more about libraries as part of National Library Week.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Focusing Reader Response Through Vocabulary Analysis
    Students suggest and categorize words that they associate with a novel they have recently read, ranging from details about the plot to feelings about a character.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 2
    Hans Christian Andersen was born on this date in 1805.
    Students write a brief summary of one of Andersen's stories, and then read the original story and compare the two versions of the tale with the Venn Diagram tool.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 23
    In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day.
    Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O.
  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   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy
    Students read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, demonstrate comprehension of the story by involving themselves in discussions, and analyze the characters in preparation for a class "press conference."
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 11
    Sharon Draper was born on this day in 1952.
    Students read a book from one of Draper's trilogies and then meet to discuss their book with students have read the other two books.

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