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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Accountable Book Clubs: Focused Discussions
    Students form literature circles, read Esperanza Rising or Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan, use a Critical Thinking Map to discuss social issues, and use a class wiki.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Coe Booth
    Tune in to hear how Coe Booth worked through the challenges of writing Bronxwood, how she makes sense of her characters' actions, and how her books challenge readers to develop critical social consciousness.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with E. Lockhart
    Tune in to hear E. Lockhart talk about creating girl characters who try to ignite social change and challenge social hierarchies, the approach she takes to the writing process, and her thoughts on reader response to her books.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson
    In this episode, Laurie Halse Anderson talks about her newest book, Wintergirls.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Matt de la Peña
    Tune in to hear Matt discuss some of the thinking behind his newest novel, We Were Here.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Walter Dean Myers
    If there is anyone in the world of children's and young adult literature who could be described as a living legend, it's Walter Dean Myers. Tune in to hear how his own experiences as a reader have shaped his approach to storytelling, what he seeks to offer young people through his writing, and the thinking behind a select handful of his novels – books that incorporate concepts as varied as magical realism, the social contract, and oral histories with our nation's war veterans.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 20
    Actor Sidney Poitier was born in 1924.
    Students do a journal entry about barriers that have been broken,such as age, race, and gender, that might impede them in the future, and how they can break through those barriers.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 16
    African American journalist Ida B. Wells was born in 1862.
    Students brainstorm a list of human rights issues, research their group's issue in depth, examine the way journalists cover a story, and create articles for a classroom newspaper.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Afterschool and Summer Reading with LGBTQ Content
    Motivate your middle school reader with books that include LGBTQ characters.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Amazing Biographies: Writing About People Who Change the World
    After reading about historical figures and other important people that have changed the world, children choose someone that they consider to be "amazing"—either someone they've heard about or someone they know—and create a book page that highlights this person.

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