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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Case for Reading - Examining Challenged and Banned Books
    Students examine books, selected from the American Library Association Challenged/Banned Books list, and write persuasive pieces expressing their views about what should be done with the books at their school.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Narrative Structure
    This lesson uses comic strip frames to define plot and reinforce the structure that underlies a narrative. Students finish by writing their own original narratives.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Dear Librarian: Writing a Persuasive Letter
    Students write persuasive letters to their librarian requesting that specific texts be added to the school library. As they work, students plan their arguments and outline their reasons and examples.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Disciplinary Literacies in Content Area Classrooms: Instructional Design for Responsive Instruction
    This webinar will discuss key elements of disciplinary literacies instruction that include considerations for instructional design and assessment.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Exploring the Past through Multigenre Writing
    Research comes alive when students explore a range of alternate genres instead of writing the traditional research report.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 5
    In 1952, Paul Fleischman was born on this day.
    Some of Fleishman's memories in his essay "My House of Voices" are shared with the class. Students then write a descriptive essay that gives a tour of the voices in their homes, school, etc.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 26
    John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in 1775.
    Students use the Timeline Tool to organize details about Chapman's life, the Venn Diagram to organize information, and the Shape Poems Interactive to create poems about apples or Johnny Appleseed.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 8
    Jon Scieszka was born in 1954.
    Students review Scieszka's tips for encouraging young people to read and then create their own, sharing ideas with adults in their community through a letter.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 7
    Labor Day honors the labor movement in the United States.
    Marked by parades, picnics, and other celebrations, Labor Day is a time set aside to recognize the achievements of the American labor movement and the dignity in all work.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 1
    Library Card Sign-up Month begins today.
    A school or public library librarian is invited to visit the classroom to talk to the students about the advantages of having a library card. Students then take a library tour to acquaint them with the general features and resources available.

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