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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 27
    Memorial Day is observed in the United States today.
    Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. In addition to having celebrations with family and friends, many people visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags on the grave sites of fallen servicemen and women.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs
    Using The Giver, students discuss the importance recorded history. This provides context for descriptive writing of students' own history in a lesson that integrates personal writing, research, and literary response.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Not Your Usual History Lesson: Writing Historical Markers
    Students will develop their summarizing skills while learning about local history. They will learn to consider audience while selecting topics, conducting research and interviews, and writing historical markers for their town.
  4. 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.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Power of Picture Books, The: Using Content Area Literature in Middle School
    Featuring descriptions and activities for fifty exceptional titles, Mary Jo Fresch and Peggy Harkins offer a wealth of ideas for harnessing the power of picture books to improve reading and writing in the content areas.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Proverbs: Contemporary Proverbs
    This lesson challenges students to craft more apparent meanings for traditional maxims by updating proverbs from around the world and writing proverbs of their own.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 1
    Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus.
    Students make believe that the year is 1955 and they just heard about Parks' arrest. Students write newspaper editorials with their points of view on segregation.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Inquiry & Analysis
    RWT Hero's Journey
    Students can use this mobile app to learn about the elements of the hero's journey, analyze a text that follows the hero's journey pattern, or start creating a hero story of their own.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Songs of Our Lives: Using Lyrics to Write Stories
    Students learn about the life and music of John Lennon, write a short story from their lives integrating lyrics from some of their favorite songs, and create a class book of stories.

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