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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Tip & How-To
    How to Start a Writer's Notebook
    Writer's notebooks allow children and teens to take in the world around them and document their daily lives. Use these tips to learn how to start a writer's notebook with your child.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 9
    In 1939, Marian Anderson was denied permission to sing at Constitution Hall.
    Students view Eleanor Roosevelt's resignation letter to the DAR in response to Andersen being denied permission to sing. Students write a letter to a newspaper editor about social injustice.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 31
    Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.
    Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 29
    Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832.
    Students brainstorm important events and people that might serve as the beginning of an interesting piece of writing. They then use the Bio-Cube to plan their writing and write an essay about a memorable person.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 8  |  Strategy Guide
    Making Connections
    In this strategy guide, you'll learn to model how students can make three different kinds of connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world). Students then use this knowledge to find their own personal connections to a text.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Motivating Young Writers Through Write-Talks: Real Writers, Real Audiences, Real Purposes
    This article describes the use of "write-talks," brief motivational talks designed to engage students in writing.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 12
    On this date in 1901, Andrew Carnegie gave $5.2 million to New York City libraries.
    Students write expository and persuasive pieces with the help of the Persuasion Map and Essay Map interactives, and compare the essential features of the two modes of writing.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 19
    On this day in 1918, the United States passed the U.S. Standard Time Act.
    A video conference with a class from a different country or time zone is planned. Students brainstorm questions to ask and figure out how many time zones they would have to travel through to have the conference.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Printout  |  Writing Starter
    RAFT Writing Template
    Students can utilize this printout to organize their writing as they learn to use the RAFT strategy. This printout enables students to clearly define their role, audience, format, and topic for writing.

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