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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 30
    Black Beauty author Anna Sewell was born in 1820.
    Through Sewell's novel, students explore the cruelty to animals and extend the discussion to current events, eventually presenting the information.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 15
    Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series, was born in 1939.
    After students have read one of Brian Jacques' Redwall stories, a class newspaper is created based on the story.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 30
    Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909.
    Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 7
    Celebrate Louise Erdrich's birthday today.
    Students watch a short video about Erdrich's love of books and write their own memory piece.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 22
    Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim was born today.
    Students examine the painting that inspired Sondheim's Pulitzer-prize winning musical and then create a story of their own based on image they choose.

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