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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 4
    Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, was born today.
    Students compare different versions of the fairy tale Cinderella and then rewrite a lesser-known Grimm story and explain the changes they made.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 3
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on this day.
    Students compare the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's novels. Students then imagine how a scene in a current novel that they are reading would be filmed.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 8
    Jon Scieszka was born in 1954.
    Students review Scieszka's tips for encouraging young people to read and then create their own, sharing ideas with adults in their community through a letter.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Langston Hughes was born in 1902.
    Students examine the poem "Dreams" and identify metaphors in each sentence. Groups of students then compose poems with metaphors for dreams.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 18
    Mickey Mouse appeared in his first animated feature.
    Students create a short, humorous story with at least one action character, and then use online tools to make a flipbook.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 1
    Music in Our Schools Month is in March.
    Students explore the effects of music on a story by reading a story, novel, or play, viewing the musical version, and comparing the two. Students can then select a text read in class and create a musical adaptation.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 5
    Pocahontas married John Rolfe on this date in 1614.
    Students read "The Chieftan's Daughter" and are shown the fresco that tells the legend of Pocahontas. A class discussion follows regarding fact and fiction and students research Pocahontas.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 29
    Poe's "The Raven" was published in 1845.
    As Poe's "The Raven" is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues.

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