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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Pourquoi Stories: Creating Tales to Tell Why
    Where did the stars come from? What makes lightning and thunder? Pourquoi tales are narratives developed by various cultures around the world to explain natural phenomena. Students study three tales and learn about their cultures of origin, then work cooperatively to write and present an original pourquoi tale.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Promoting Cultural Values Through Alphabet Books
    C is for Culture in this lesson in which students research a culture different from their own and compile an alphabet book that showcases cultural symbols for each letter of the alphabet.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement
    Second-Language Literacy Instruction
    This position statement offers recommendations on ways to support second-language learners.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Storytelling in the Social Studies Classroom
    People make the past come alive as students research and then share stories about famous Americans who promoted democratic ideals.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies
    Antislavery heroes are the focus of this lesson. Students research a historical figure who played a key role in the abolition of slavery, and then create a three-dimensional biographical mobile.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Take part in the African American Read-In!
    Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 26
    The Spanish town of Guernica was bombed on this date in 1937.
    After showing students Picasso's Guernica, they are provided with background information, share their impressions, and write about Picasso's purpose in creating the painting.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Today is D.E.A.R. Day!
    April 12 is known as D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 17
    Today is St. Patrick's Day.
    St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by reading Irish folk tales and using the Story Cube tool to create a graphic organizer and see what characteristics are unique to Irish tales.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 21
    Today is the International Day of Peace.
    Students brainstorm a list of current conflicts and why people fight. Groups discuss and present possible solutions and create posters that promote their particular solution.

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