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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A "Brief, Urgent Message": Theme in Slaughterhouse-Five
    As a culminating activity for Slaughterhouse-Five, students make a compilation album (a CD with 6-8 tracks) that reflects their analysis, understanding, and reaction to the ideas in the novel Slaughterhouse-Five.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 19
    Celebrate National Library Week!
    Students learn more about libraries as part of National Library Week.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Connotation, Character, and Color Imagery in The Great Gatsby
    Students explore the connotations of the colors associated with the characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Focus on First Lines: Increasing Comprehension through Prediction Strategies
    Students examine opening sentences of texts they will read during a unit or course and make predictions. They return to their predictions throughout the course as they read the texts.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Gaining Background for the Graphic Novel Persepolis: A WebQuest on Iran
    To prepare students for reading the graphic novel Persepolis, this lesson uses a WebQuest to focus students' research on finding reliable information about Iran before and during the Islamic Revolution.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  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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