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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 9
    In 1940, musician and peace activist John Lennon was born.
    After listening to "Imagine," students reflect on the lyrics and answer questions. Then, they have a chance to write a stanza for their own song.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Inclusive Stories: Teaching About Disabilities With Picture Books
    Students explore disabilities in order to think critically and sensitively about them. They choose a disability to research and then create a picture book about the disability.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    In Literature, Interpretation is the Thing
    Students consider Shakespearean literature to be or not to be useful in a modern context when they analyze the relationship between text and reader interpretation.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    I've Got the Literacy Blues
    Students will be singing the blues in this lesson in which they identify themes from "The Gift of the Magi" and write and present blues poetry based on those themes.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 4
    Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, was born today.
    Students compare different versions of the fairy tale Cinderella and then rewrite a lesser-known Grimm story and explain the changes they made.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7
    Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.
    Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3
    Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.
    Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 14
    June 14 is Flag Day in the U.S.
    Students consider how America, Americans, and the flag are represented in different patriotic songs and hypothesize about the reasons for their differences.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Lights, Camera, Action...Music: Critiquing Films Using Sight and Sound
    Movie music and magic set the scene for this lesson in which students analyze a scene from Good Morning, Vietnam and then create a scene of their own.

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