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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 9
    Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848.
    Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris' story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram.
  3. 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.
  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   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 3
    Celebrate Children's Authors and Illustrators Week
    Students "step into the shoes" of their favorite author by reading several of their books, conducting research, and preparing displays and presentations for the class.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 28
    Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine, was born in 1914.
    After learning about Dr. Salk, students interview a family member or someone they know who remembers the polio epidemic.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 18
    In 1931, Toni Morrison was born.
    After retelling a familiar fable, students discover the differences in one of Morrison's retellings of a fable.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7
    Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.
    Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3
    Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.
    Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 10
    The New York Times used the slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print."
    After discussing newspapers and their different points of view, students choose a current event, read editorials on the event, and share them with the class to identify the editor's point of view.