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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 23
    Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the US to earn a MD degree in 1849.
    "Famous Firsts" are researched by students, followed by small group research and multimedia presentations to report research results.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Expanding Vision: Teaching Haiku
    Despite common misconceptions about haiku, there is a lively and vibrant haiku community throughout the United States and many other countries. Read this article for further discussion on the use of haiku in your own classroom.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry
    Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Fifty Alternatives to the Book Report
    Offers 50 diverse suggestions intended to offer students new ways to think about a piece of literature, new directions to explore, and ways to respond with greater depth to the books they read.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Fresh Takes on Teaching Literary Elements: How to Teach What Really Matters about Character, Setting, Point of View, and Theme
    Michael Smith and Jeffrey Wilhelm illuminate the intricacies of character, setting, point of view, and theme, helping students apply their understanding of literary elements to their reading as well as their writing.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    From Sheryl Crow to Homer Simpson: Literature and Composition through Pop Culture
    High school teacher Jerome Evans makes popular culture an integral part of his courses. Through analyzing themes in song lyrics, rhetorical devices in essays and advertisements, and psychology in contemporary film, students improve their skills in critical thinking and writing.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 24
    Gold was discovered in California in 1848.
    Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Grammar for Teachers: Perspectives and Definitions
    Weaver examines the connection between a teacher's knowledge of grammar and students' growth in language skills as she provides specific examples of how teachers can put their knowledge of grammar to use without intimidating or overwhelming students.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Having My Say: A Multigenre Autobiography Project
    Students compose a multigenre paper, modeled after the Delany sister's autobiography, Having Our Say, that includes the autobiographical narrative essay as well as an informational nonfiction piece.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Help Wanted: Writing Professional Resumes
    Students will create a beginning resume that represents their current work experience and demonstrates their knowledge of rhetorical situations for professional writing.

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