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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 28
    Author of Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt, was born in 1932.
    Students research the concept of immortality from beliefs around the world and compose a short story, myth, or poem that addresses immortality.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 6
    Celebrate Cynthia Rylant's birthday!
    Students work in small groups or as a class to map the plot of a selected Cynthia Rylant story and create original literary works using the plot diagrams.

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