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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 3
    Frederick Douglass began publication of The North Star today in 1847.
    Students read and discuss an editorial written by Frederick Douglass and then write the opening editorial for a contemporary publication devoted to a social cause important to them.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 21
    Humorist Erma Bombeck was born in 1927.
    Using lines from Bombeck's newspaper column, students identify allusive or satirical humor. Older students can rewrite the passages for a different audience.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 27
    In 1902, John Steinbeck was born.
    Students brainstorm a list of the ills of society, research a topic of their choosing, and then prepare an annotated bibliography of texts that address the topic.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 3
    In 1927, Joan Lowery Nixon was born.
    As a class, a genre study of mysteries takes place and a chart is made about what makes a good mystery.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 21
    It's Winter in the Northern Hemisphere!
    Students brainstorm words or images that they associate with winter, select and read a picture book about winter, and compare the two using the interactive Venn Diagram.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 26
    Jan Berenstain, co-author of the popular Berenstain Bears series of books, was born in 1923.
    Teachers create "Book Kits" for students to help promote family literacy. Berenstain Bears books are included in these "book kits" which also include nonfiction books on the same subject, home activities, reproducibles, and parent information.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 8
    Jon Scieszka was born in 1954.
    Students review Scieszka's tips for encouraging young people to read and then create their own, sharing ideas with adults in their community through a letter.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 29
    Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952.
    Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 1
    May is Get Caught Reading Month!
    Students celebrate Get Caught Reading Month by doing a reading-related service project such as planning an intergenerational reading day or organizing a book drive.

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