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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 9  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 12
    Author Jacqueline Woodson was born today.
    Students read the poem "February 12, 1963" and write a poem to commemorate their own birthday.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 9
    Author Matt de la Peña was born today.
    Students use an essay by de la Peña as a model for writing their own literacy autobiography.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: A Character's Letter to the Editor
    Students write a persuasive letter to the editor of a newspaper from a selected fictional character's perspective, focusing on a specific issue or situation explored in the novel.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Childhood Remembrances: Life and Art Intersect in Nikki Giovanni's "Nikki-Rosa"
    Students explore what Carol Jago calls the place "where life and art intersect" by reading Nikki Giovanni's poem, "Nikki-Rosa," and then writing about childhood memories of their own.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Choosing the Best Verb: An Active and Passive Voice Minilesson
    Students explore how active and passive voices are appropriate to different audiences. They examine online resources, and then draw conclusions about verb use, which they apply to their own writing.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Developing Characterization in Raymond Carver's "A Small, Good Thing"
    Students read Raymond Carver's story "A Small, Good Thing," focusing on characterization in order to develop one of the static characters—the hit-and-run driver who causes Scotty's death—more fully.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Discovering Memory: Li-Young Lee's Poem "Mnemonic" and the Brain
    Students learn about memory by doing a memory-writing exercise, studying the brain to understand how it affects memory, reading Li-Young Lee's poem "Mnemonic," and creating projects to demonstrate their understanding.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Examining Plot Conflict through a Comparison/Contrast Essay
    Students explore picture books to identify the characteristics of four types of conflict. They then write about a conflict they have experienced and compare it to a conflict from literature.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Careers Using the Internet
    Doctors, astrophysicists, and daycare providers are only some of the careers that will be explored in this lesson in which students research careers and publish occupational summaries about them.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan
    Exploring Satire with Shrek
    The movie Shrek introduces the satirical techniques of exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody. Students brainstorm fairy tale characteristics, identify satirical techniques, then create their own satirical versions of fairy tales.

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