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  1. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Lights, Cameras, Pencils! Using Descriptive Video to Enhance Writing
    Read and write with the movies using an innovative technology called Descriptive Video.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    NCTE Virtual Conference: Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards
    NCTE Virtual Conference recordings will help school and district-based teaching teams think through their plans for providing every student with the best possible support in reaching goals identified in their state standards for English language arts.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 14
    Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828.
    After dividing students into small groups, students play a variation of the game Balderdash to celebrate the publication of Webster's dictionary.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 24
    On this day in 1800, Congress approved the purchase of books to start the Library of Congress.
    Students practice and refine research skills by visiting the Library of Congress website and conducting a research project.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 18
    Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride in 1775.
    Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Picture Books as Framing Texts: Research Paper Strategies for Struggling Writers
    Students use picture books as framing texts for research, freeing them from the language of encyclopedia sources and allowing them to focus their attention on the content of their papers.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Plotting a Plan to Improve Writing: Using Plot Scaffolds
    Students really get into character in this lesson as they act out the parts of a script and analyze character motivations and dialogue.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 29
    Poet Yusef Komunyakaa was born in 1947.
    Students examine imagery in the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy
    Students read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, demonstrate comprehension of the story by involving themselves in discussions, and analyze the characters in preparation for a class "press conference."

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