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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments
    Students are often asked to perform speeches, but rarely do we require students to analyze speeches as carefully as we study works of literature. In this unit, students are required to identify the rhetorical strategies in a famous speech and the specific purpose for each chosen device. They will write an essay about its effectiveness and why it is still famous after all these years.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    An Exploration of The Crucible through Seventeenth-Century Portraits
    In this lesson, students incorporate analyses of characters from The Crucible with examinations of original seventeenth-century portraits of Puritans to create a visual portrait of the character. The project culminates in a "Portrait Gallery Walk" where students present and defend their artwork.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 1
    Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.
    Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Tale of a Few Text Messages: A Character Study of A Tale of Two Cities
    Students use A Tale of Two Cities to explore relationships, plot points, character traits, and background by writing text messages between characters within the novel.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 6
    Author Gabriel García Márquez was born on this day.
    Students take place in a collaborative creative writing activity to begin to understand the hallmarks of the literary style known as magical realism.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 1
    Author Tim O'Brien was born on this day.
    After reading O'Brien's story "A True War Story" from The Things They Carried, students choose a powerful event from their own lives and map it using the Timeline Tool. They then create a fictional version of this event.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 23
    Avi was born in 1937.
    After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Bio-graph: Graphing Life Events
    Students interview other students, choose significant life events, rate them, graph them, and write about one or more, in this activity that integrates mathematical graphing with writing.

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