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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 5
    Author Amy Tan was born today in 1952
    Students watch an excerpt of an interview with Tan and apply some of her principles to writing a story of their own.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 29
    Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952.
    Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 9
    Science writer Seymour Simon was born in 1931.
    Students select and explore a scientific topic in detail using Simon's nonfiction science books and then use what they learn to write original poetry on the topic.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 10
    The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.
    After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write "A Day in the Life" narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 12
    Walter Dean Myers, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Monster, was born in 1937.
    Students discuss how the form of a film script affects the story, why the author may have selected this writing style, and write a story using a similar format.