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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   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 11
    Alex Haley, author of Roots, was born in 1921.
    Students explore their own roots by interviewing family members and use their family history to write a fictional account of their roots.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 12
    Anne Frank received her famous diary in 1942.
    Students learn about eyewitness reports through a lesson that is grade-level appropriate. Then, groups use primary source documents and research an event using eyewitness accounts.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 23
    Author Laurie Halse Anderson was born today.
    Laurie Halse Anderson, the New York Times-bestselling author who is known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, was born on this day in 1961.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 21
    Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, was born on this day.
    Students write their own "Junie B." stories, based on the Junie B. Jones series, after brainstorming issues they've experienced during the school year.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 9  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 20
    Celebrate author Mary Hoffman's birthday today.
    Students write original picture books based on their own aspirations and dreams and share with the class or with younger students.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 1
    CNN debuted as the first television news network in 1980.
    Students brainstorm a list of modern news sources and from previous centuries. Groups then research one of these sources and create a timeline showing the evolution of news.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 2
    David Macaulay was born in 1946.
    Students use the Multigenre Mapper interactive to explore Macaulay's use of multiple genres by composing original multigenre texts.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 23
    Diarist Samuel Pepys was born.
    Students write diary entries and revisit the entries as if it were a hundred years from now. Students then brainstorm and write paragraphs about life in the 21st century.

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