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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    A Second Look at The Hunger Games
    With a new movie version of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins' story of a dystopian world where children are forced to fight to the death on live television is set to reach an even broader audience. Tune in to hear about the seeds for The Hunger Games story, themes that distinguish the series as an important work of literature, and what the books have to offer teen readers.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Assessing Cultural Relevance: Exploring Personal Connections to a Text
    As a class, students evaluate a nonfiction or realistic fiction text for its cultural relevance to themselves personally and as a group.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Authentic Persuasive Writing to Promote Summer Reading
    Turn summer reading lists from a teacher-centered requirement to a student-driven exploration by asking students to create brochures and flyers that suggest books to explore during the summer months.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 9
    Author Joel Chandler Harris was born in 1848.
    Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris' story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 28
    Author Lois Duncan was born on this date in 1934.
    Mysteries are shared with students for them to solve and brainstorm the attributes of a good mystery. Small groups then compose short mysteries using the Mystery Cube.
  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   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Become a Character: Adjectives, Character Traits, and Perspective
    Students "become" one of the major characters in a book and describe themselves and other characters, using lists of accurate, powerful adjectives.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Beyond "What I Did on Vacation": Exploring the Genre of Travel Writing
    After reading and analyzing short examples of travel writing and discussing conventions of the genre, students write their own travel articles.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing
    Bio Cube
    Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

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