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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 12
    Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817.
    Students make mental "snapshots" of a natural setting, then capture the details of their setting by writing and then creating a class booklet of the nature walk.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 23
    In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day.
    Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 8
    In 1847, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was born.
    Students brainstorm the superstitions they know and small groups research one of the superstitions to determine its origin and meaning or purpose. Students can write about the superstition using the Mystery Cube interactive.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 3
    In 1927, Joan Lowery Nixon was born.
    As a class, a genre study of mysteries takes place and a chart is made about what makes a good mystery.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 18
    In 1931, Toni Morrison was born.
    After retelling a familiar fable, students discover the differences in one of Morrison's retellings of a fable.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 5
    In 1952, Paul Fleischman was born on this day.
    Some of Fleishman's memories in his essay "My House of Voices" are shared with the class. Students then write a descriptive essay that gives a tour of the voices in their homes, school, etc.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 11
    Jane Yolen was born in 1939.
    Students read one of Jane Yolen's books, retell the story in the form of a puppet show, research animals in the book, and document their findings with the Animal Study interactive tool.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 12
    Judy Blume was born in 1938.
    Students work with a partner or individually to create cartoons of their favorite scenes from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 9
    Nancy Farmer, three-time Newbery honoree, was born in 1941.
    Students write original short stories in the science fiction genre based on some of Farmer's works and society's most hotly-debated issues, such as cloning, toxic waste, and brain implants.

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