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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 15
    In 1870, the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad was completed.
    Students access the National Park Service website and look at the webpage "The Last Spikes." Students explore different accounts of what happened as the railroad neared completion and discuss the nature of ceremonies.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 15
    In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.
    Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 20
    In 1969, the first human walked on the moon.
    As a class, students discuss Neil Armstrong's famous quote when he landed on the moon and explore the difference that one word can make, as well as the gendered language that Armstrong uses.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 31
    Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.
    Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7
    Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.
    Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3
    Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.
    Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 8
    On this day in 1935, Elvis Presley was born.
    Students visit the National Archives to read a letter written by Elvis Presley to President Nixon. The Letter Generator is used to write a letter to a current artist suggesting a meeting with the President.
  10. 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.

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