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  1. 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.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Amazing Biographies: Writing About People Who Change the World
    After reading about historical figures and other important people that have changed the world, children choose someone that they consider to be "amazing"—either someone they've heard about or someone they know—and create a book page that highlights this person.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Analyzing How Narrative Structure Generates Empathy in Wonder
    This lesson builds students' understanding of empathy by defining key terms and comparing responses to characters when they are introduced by someone else, and then when they narrate the story themselves.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Blending the Past with Today's Technology: Using Prezi to Prepare for Historical Fiction
    To prepare for literature circles featuring historical novels, students research the decades of the 1930s to the 1990s and share their information using Prezi, a web application for creating multimedia presentations.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Boars and Baseball: Making Connections
    In this lesson, students will make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections after reading In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. After sharing and discussing connections, students choose and plan a project that makes a personal connection to the text.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Brainstorming and Reviewing Using the Carousel Strategy
    This strategy guide introduces Carousel Brainstorming, also known as Rotating Review, and offers suggestions to implement this technique in your classroom for brainstorming about new topics or reviewing learned information.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Celebrate Heroes
    Encourage children to spend a little time thinking and writing about just what makes a hero and who their personal heroes might be.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Celebrating the NCTE African American Read-In
    Tune in for recommendations of both old and new titles by distinguished African American authors who write for teens.

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