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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 25
    Caldecott-winning illustrator Lane Smith was born in 1959.
    Students discuss some of the ways in which illustrations can enhance a story and then become illustrators, using a variety of media.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 9  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 20
    Celebrate author Mary Hoffman's birthday today.
    Students write original picture books based on their own aspirations and dreams and share with the class or with younger students.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 6
    Celebrate Cynthia Rylant's birthday!
    Students work in small groups or as a class to map the plot of a selected Cynthia Rylant story and create original literary works using the plot diagrams.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 11
    Children's author Patricia Polacco was born in 1944.
    Students share family stories of their own by writing original poems and reviewing parts of speech using the Diamante Poems tool.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 19
    Children's publisher John Newbery was born in 1713.
    Each student chooses a book that is special and writes a short story about why it deserves special mention. Students can plan the pages of their own stories and then make a Stapleless Book or use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 27
    Coretta Scott King was born on this day in 1927.
    Students do a book report assignment based on a current or past winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 4
    Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born on this day in 1862.
    Students select several books from one of Stratemeyer's series to read, discuss shared elements in the books, and use the 3-Circle Venn Diagram to compare story elements.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 30
    Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928.
    Students compare and contrast two views of the Holocaust from different authors. Students may also research stories of other survivors who may or may not be published and create a presentation on this survivor.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 14
    Ernest Thayer, author of the famous poem "Casey at the Bat," was born in 1863.
    In small groups or individually, students make baseball cards for the players in the poem "Casey at the Bat." Students can use a word processor or the Character Trading Cards interactive to create their cards.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 28
    Esther Forbes, author of Johnny Tremain, was born in 1891.
    Students explore the genre of historical fiction by writing original works and comparing all of the finished pieces.

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