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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 18
    Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937.
    Students brainstorm the kinds of stories they know and where these stories come from. Students return to these questions as they begin reading Hurston's novel.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 15
    The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.
    Students look at Kenneth Holder's paintings of the Lewis and Clark trail and transform their notes into a descriptive paragraph as if they were a member of the expedition.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 22
    The Pied Piper led the children out of Hamelin in 1376.
    After listening to The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, students compare Pratchett's version with Browning's version and discuss how perspective changes the story.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 10
    The Scopes Trial began today in 1925.
    Students brainstorm a list of objects and processes that have changed over time and use the Timeline tool to sketch out the evolution of the item they have chosen. A giant class timeline can be created to show the evolution of the items students have investigated.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28
    The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.
    Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 2
    Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967.
    After discussing a statement made by Thurgood Marshall, students consider each piece of the comment and create a K-W-L chart to begin an investigation with other resources.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction
    In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Tim O'Brien in the Classroom: "This too is true: Stories can save us"
    As part of the NCTE High School Literature Series, Tim O'Brien in the Classroom focuses on opportunities for classroom discussion and writing assignments, including lessons, open-ended prompts, and student writing samples.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 5
    Today is Cinco de Mayo.
    Students choose to research a piece of art, music, dance, literature, or food that suitably represents Mexico and create a presentation for the class.

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