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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 4
    In 1928, Maya Angelou was born.
    After hearing Maya Angelou's poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," students infer information about the speaker and her feelings about America and reflect on how one's life and experiences can influence one's writing.
  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  |  October 9
    In 1940, musician and peace activist John Lennon was born.
    After listening to "Imagine," students reflect on the lyrics and answer questions. Then, they have a chance to write a stanza for their own song.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    It's My Life: Multimodal Autobiography Project
    Students express themselves verbally, visually, and musically by creating multimodal autobiographies, exchanging ideas with other students and sharing important events in their lives through PowerPoint presentations.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 29
    Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952.
    Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Scaffolding Levels of Text Complexity (With Discipline-based Texts)
    Join NCTE for the web seminar "Literacy in Social studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Scaffolding Levels of Text Complexity (With Discipline-based Texts)" hosted by Jan Clinard.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Making History Come Alive Through Poetry and Song
    Students compare the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald with the song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," then create their own poetry about a historical event.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 25
    Memorial Day is observed in the United States today.
    Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. In addition to having celebrations with family and friends, many people visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags on the grave sites of fallen servicemen and women.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Persuading an Audience: Writing Effective Letters to the Editor
    Students use persuasive writing and an understanding of the characteristics of letters to the editor to compose effective letters to the editor on topics of interest to them.

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