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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 9
    In 1939, Marian Anderson was denied permission to sing at Constitution Hall.
    Students view Eleanor Roosevelt's resignation letter to the DAR in response to Andersen being denied permission to sing. Students write a letter to a newspaper editor about social injustice.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Internalization of Vocabulary Through the Use of a Word Map
    Students practice with words and develop both definitional and contextual knowledge through two agents—purposeful sequencing of steps and collaboration with peers.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Plotting a Plan to Improve Writing: Using Plot Scaffolds
    Students really get into character in this lesson as they act out the parts of a script and analyze character motivations and dialogue.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 5
    Pocahontas married John Rolfe on this date in 1614.
    Students read "The Chieftan's Daughter" and are shown the fresco that tells the legend of Pocahontas. A class discussion follows regarding fact and fiction and students research Pocahontas.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy
    Students read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, demonstrate comprehension of the story by involving themselves in discussions, and analyze the characters in preparation for a class "press conference."
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 11
    Sharon Draper was born on this day in 1952.
    Students read a book from one of Draper's trilogies and then meet to discuss their book with students have read the other two books.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   4 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading
    Selecting appropriate reading material for students is hard. For decades, teachers have known that quality instruction requires a careful matching of materials to students. The goal is to select materials that are neither too difficult nor too easy for students--a phenomenon sometimes called the Goldilocks Rule.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading
    This landmark reference offers in-depth exploration of contemporary reading and literacy research.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Thoughtful Threads: Sparking Rich Online Discussions
    Today's students love chatting online with friends. This lesson combines that love with literature. Students form literature circles and have meaningful online discussions about a literary work.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Today is D.E.A.R. Day!
    April 12 is known as D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.

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