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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 5
    Annual fence-painting contests take place in Hannibal, Missouri.
    A scene from one of Twain's works is chosen and students map the story setting using the Story Map. Setting is then discussed as a class.
  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   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.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 15
    Beware the Ides of March!
    Students discuss and categorize superstitions, define a superstition, and compare the similarities and difference between proverbs and superstitions.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 30
    Black Beauty author Anna Sewell was born in 1820.
    Through Sewell's novel, students explore the cruelty to animals and extend the discussion to current events, eventually presenting the information.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 15
    Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series, was born in 1939.
    After students have read one of Brian Jacques' Redwall stories, a class newspaper is created based on the story.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 30
    Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909.
    Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 24
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered in New York in 1955.
    Students are introduced to the characteristics of drama, read a chapter from a novel the class has read, and create a script from the chapter that they will present to the class.
  10. 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.

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