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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Audio Broadcasts and Podcasts: Oral Storytelling and Dramatization
    After exploring Orson Welles' 1938 broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, students create their own audio dramatization of a text they have read.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 9
    Author Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944.
    After students read the novel The Color Purple, dialect is discussed and students write a short piece of fiction or poetry using the dialect of their peer group.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 19
    Author Eve Bunting was born in Ireland in 1928.
    Students listen to a news article about the LA race riots and then read Smoky Night to discuss how a younger observer might be affected by these events and their perceptions.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 6
    Author Gabriel García Márquez was born on this day.
    Students take place in a collaborative creative writing activity to begin to understand the hallmarks of the literary style known as magical realism.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 28
    Author of Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt, was born in 1932.
    Students research the concept of immortality from beliefs around the world and compose a short story, myth, or poem that addresses immortality.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 1
    Author Tim O'Brien was born on this day.
    After reading O'Brien's story "A True War Story" from The Things They Carried, students choose a powerful event from their own lives and map it using the Timeline Tool. They then create a fictional version of this event.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 23
    Avi was born in 1937.
    After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 15
    Beware the Ides of March!
    Students discuss and categorize superstitions, define a superstition, and compare the similarities and difference between proverbs and superstitions.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 15
    Bill of Rights Day is observed.
    Students identify a students' rights issue and explore the ways in which the Bill of Rights does protect and does not protect students.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Bio-graph: Graphing Life Events
    Students interview other students, choose significant life events, rate them, graph them, and write about one or more, in this activity that integrates mathematical graphing with writing.

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