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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 30
    Jonathan Swift was born on this day in 1667.
    Students explore satire and parody in television and film, advertising, and journalism and create a display that highlights their findings.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Langston Hughes was born in 1902.
    Students examine the poem "Dreams" and identify metaphors in each sentence. Groups of students then compose poems with metaphors for dreams.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 27
    Playwright August Wilson was born in 1945.
    Students use the Timeline Tool and Drama Map to create a decade-by-decade record and play of their community's history.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 27
    Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar was born today in 1872.
    Students read one of Dunbar's most famous poems and explore how critical excerpts shape their understanding.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 18
    Raymond Carver was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988.
    Students identify characteristics of Carver's work and compare them to other authors, as well as to literary minimalism. Students then write original poems or short stories in minimalist style.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 11
    Sharon Draper was born on this day in 1952.
    Students read a book from one of Draper's trilogies and then meet to discuss their book with students have read the other two books.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Time Magazine launches its "Tom Swifty" contest today in 1963.
    Students have fun with language by creating a special kind of pun with its origin in a literary source.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 18
    Today is Chris Van Allsburg's birthday.
    Students explore varying points of view, one of Van Allsburg's common themes, by rewriting a traditional story.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 5
    Today is Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko's birthday.
    Students revive elements of the oral tradition by writing about something funny that happened to them recently, sharing with classmates, and discussing the changes that occur during the retelling of the stories.

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