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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 25
    Celebrate Kate DiCamillo's birthday today.
    After examining the characters in one of DiCamillo's stories, students write original short stories featuring animals as central characters.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 25
    Children's book author Eric Carle was born on this day in 1929.
    After reading one of Eric Carle's books, students create a torn paper collage or a word collage.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 2
    David Macaulay was born in 1946.
    Students use the Multigenre Mapper interactive to explore Macaulay's use of multiple genres by composing original multigenre texts.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 29
    David Wiesner's book June 29, 1999 showcases this day.
    Students explore the delightful illustrations in Wiesner's book and identify elements that make the emotions in the story obvious to someone reading the book.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 11
    Ezra Jack Keats was born on this day in 1916.
    In celebration of Keats' birthday, students write stories that include some characters from Keats' books and practice using collage techniques with the Collage Machine.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 5
    French author Guy de Maupassant was born on this day in 1850.
    Students read and then rewrite a de Maupassant short story, updating its vocabulary and setting to that of the 21st century.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 24
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, was born in 1896.
    After reading The Great Gatsby, students work in pairs, select a chapter from the novel, and rewrite it from the point of view of a different character.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Gary Soto, poet and children's writer, was born on this date in 1952.
    Using one of Soto's stories, students take part in share stories about their families, describe their street/neighborhood, or compose an acrostic poem using the Acrostic Poems interactive tool.

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