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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    A Collaboration of Sites and Sounds: Using Wikis to Catalog Protest Songs
    This lesson makes a connection to popular culture by asking students to research and analyze contemporary and historic protest songs and to catalogue them in a class wiki.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Coe Booth
    Tune in to hear how Coe Booth worked through the challenges of writing Bronxwood, how she makes sense of her characters' actions, and how her books challenge readers to develop critical social consciousness.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with E. Lockhart
    Tune in to hear E. Lockhart talk about creating girl characters who try to ignite social change and challenge social hierarchies, the approach she takes to the writing process, and her thoughts on reader response to her books.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson
    In this episode, Laurie Halse Anderson talks about her newest book, Wintergirls.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Matt de la Peña
    Tune in to hear Matt discuss some of the thinking behind his newest novel, We Were Here.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Conversation with Walter Dean Myers
    If there is anyone in the world of children's and young adult literature who could be described as a living legend, it's Walter Dean Myers. Tune in to hear how his own experiences as a reader have shaped his approach to storytelling, what he seeks to offer young people through his writing, and the thinking behind a select handful of his novels books that incorporate concepts as varied as magical realism, the social contract, and oral histories with our nation's war veterans.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 20
    Actor Sidney Poitier was born in 1924.
    Students do a journal entry about barriers that have been broken,such as age, race, and gender, that might impede them in the future, and how they can break through those barriers.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 16
    African American journalist Ida B. Wells was born in 1862.
    Students brainstorm a list of human rights issues, research their group's issue in depth, examine the way journalists cover a story, and create articles for a classroom newspaper.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Afterschool and Summer Reading with LGBTQ Content
    Motivate your middle school reader with books that include LGBTQ characters.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Analyzing Famous Speeches as Arguments
    Students are often asked to perform speeches, but rarely do we require students to analyze speeches as carefully as we study works of literature. In this unit, students are required to identify the rhetorical strategies in a famous speech and the specific purpose for each chosen device. They will write an essay about its effectiveness and why it is still famous after all these years.

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