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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 9
    Author Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944.
    After students read the novel The Color Purple, dialect is discussed and students write a short piece of fiction or poetry using the dialect of their peer group.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Behind the Masks: Exploring Culture Through Art and Poetry
    Students research mask-making from various cultures, highlight the masks' connections to cultural practices, compose poetry to reveal their understanding, analyze their own culture, and create personal masks and poetry.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 17
    Black Poetry Day is celebrated.
    Books and webpages are gathered that focus on the work of African American poets and students explore the resources and find a poem to contribute to a poetry reading.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 8
    Faith Ringgold was born on October 8, 1930.
    Students use Ringgold's books as a springboard for a discussion of race, gender, and civil rights, and then write and illustrate original picture books on these topics.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Latino Poetry Blog: Blogging as a Forum for Open Discussion
    In this lesson, students use blogs to hold discussions about the effect of the factors of culture, history, and environment on Latino poetry.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Making It Visual for ELL Students: Teaching History Using Maus
    Spark the engagement of English-language learners or reluctant readers with the graphic novel Maus. The visual information provided by the genre serves as a support for reading and critical engagement.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 1
    November is National American Indian Heritage Month.
    Students explore Native American heritage through the study of pourquoi tales, write their own original pourquoi tales, and use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to publish them.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Reaching Across Time: Scaffolded Engagements With a 19th-Century Text
    Students in the 21st century need to build background knowledge and fill in textual gaps to enter the unfamiliar world of "Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street."

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