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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Songs of Our Lives: Using Lyrics to Write Stories
    Students learn about the life and music of John Lennon, write a short story from their lives integrating lyrics from some of their favorite songs, and create a class book of stories.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Sí, Se Puede: Making a Difference, One Letter at a Time
    After reading the book ¡Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A., students learn about labor unions, strikes, and organizing for change. Students interview staff members in their school to learn about their daily work life, and write persuasive advocacy letters.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 6
    Teacher Appreciation Week honors our teachers.
    In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, students read a book about a teacher and follow up with an activity related to the book using the Venn Diagram, Letter Generator, Story Map, or Essay Map.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 22
    The "1984" Macintosh commercial aired today during Super Bowl XVIII.
    Original advertisements are created after students review advertising techniques they've studied.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 26
    The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920.
    A representative from the local chapter of the League of Women Voters is invited to talk to students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28
    The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.
    Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Today is D.E.A.R. Day!
    April 12 is known as D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Today is World Read Aloud Day.
    Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Using the RAFT Writing Strategy
    This strategy guide introduces the RAFT technique and offers practical ideas for using this technique to teach students to experiment with various perspectives in their writing.

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