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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 2
    Hans Christian Andersen was born on this date in 1805.
    Students write a brief summary of one of Andersen's stories, and then read the original story and compare the two versions of the tale with the Venn Diagram tool.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 23
    In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day.
    Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 4
    In 1928, Maya Angelou was born.
    After hearing Maya Angelou's poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," students infer information about the speaker and her feelings about America and reflect on how one's life and experiences can influence one's writing.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 14
    Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828.
    After dividing students into small groups, students play a variation of the game Balderdash to celebrate the publication of Webster's dictionary.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 24
    On this day in 1800, Congress approved the purchase of books to start the Library of Congress.
    Students practice and refine research skills by visiting the Library of Congress website and conducting a research project.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 18
    Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride in 1775.
    Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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."

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