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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   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Book Report Alternative: Comic Strips and Cartoon Squares
    Students must think critically to create comic strips highlighting six important scenes from a book they have read.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Boys Read: Considering Courage in Novels
    In this lesson designed especially for boys, students read a work of realistic fiction and get to know courageous male characters through writing, Internet activities, and discussion.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 25
    Caldecott-winning illustrator Lane Smith was born in 1959.
    Students discuss some of the ways in which illustrations can enhance a story and then become illustrators, using a variety of media.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 4
    Celebrate John Venn's Birthday!
    Students celebrate the birth of English logician, philosopher, and creator of the Venn Diagram by building community within the classroom by comparing and contrasting likes, dislikes, and characteristics about one another.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Collaborating, Writing, Linking: Using Wikis to Tell Stories Online
    Students become online authors in this lesson in which they write and post a short story using wiki technology.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Developing Academic Thinking Skills in Grades 6-12: A Handbook of Multiple Intelligence Activities
    These skill-based activities will help students develop the academic thinking skills and language to understand challenging content concepts.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines
    Written with the Common Core State Standards firmly in mind, this book presents a much-needed instructional model for disciplinary literacy.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Doodle Splash: Using Graphics to Discuss Literature
    Students keep a doodle journal while reading short stories by a common author. In small groups, students then combine their doodles into a graphic representation of the text.

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