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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 31
    J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.
    Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Making Personal and Cultural Connections Using A Girl Named Disaster
    Struggling to survive is one of the many themes explored in A Girl Named Disaster. As students read, they look for connections between themselves and the main character, Nhamo.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 9
    Nancy Farmer, three-time Newbery honoree, was born in 1941.
    Students write original short stories in the science fiction genre based on some of Farmer's works and society's most hotly-debated issues, such as cloning, toxic waste, and brain implants.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement
    NCTE Position Statement on Reading
    In order to make sure that all individuals have access to the personal pleasures and intellectual benefits of full literacy, NCTE created the NCTE Position Statement on Reading in February of 1999.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    On a Musical Note: Exploring Reading Strategies by Creating a Soundtrack
    Students create a soundtrack for a novel that they have read, as they engage in such traditional reading strategies as predicting, visualizing, and questioning.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 30
    Paperback books were first introduced in 1935.
    Independent reading is promoted among students by organizing a paperback book swap in the classroom or with other classes at the same grade level.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts
    John Golden offers middle and high school teachers a practical guide for using documentary film in the classroom to improve students' reading, writing, and thinking skills.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Robert Frost Prompts the Poet in You
    Students will find their inner poet laureate in this lesson that involves writing a poem in the style of Robert Frost.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Swish! Pow! Whack! Teaching Onomatopoeia Through Sports Poetry
    Students explore poetry about sports, looking closely at the use of onomatopoeia. After viewing a segment of a sporting event, students create their own onomatopoeic sports poems.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Teaching Voice with Anthony Browne's Voices in the Park
    Students analyze Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne to determine how an author keeps an audience interested by creating voice and to applying that knowledge to their own writing.

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