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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 11
    Pedro Albizu Campos leads the Puerto Rican Independence movement.
    After learning about the story of Pedro Albizu Campos and his commitment to Puerto Rican independence, students research and share their learning about another nationalist figure from around the world.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Persuading the Principal: Writing Persuasive Letters About School Issues
    Students learn that you don't have to raise your voice to raise a point. Writing a persuasive letter to your principal is a great way to get your opinions heard.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Persuasive Essay: Environmental Issues
    How can we convince others to agree with us on important issues? In this lesson, students explore relevant environmental issues and gather information to write persuasive essays.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action
    Students explore the effects of stereotypes by analyzing children's books. Then they create bookmarks that encourage readers to question the assumptions of stereotyped books and to seek out matching, balanced texts.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer
    Seed Discussion Organizer
    Students can utilize this printout to organize their thoughts as a new concept or content is introduced through a Seed Discussion. This printout readies students to acquire new knowledge by organizing what they know and what they're prepared to learn.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Sí, Se Puede: Making a Difference, One Letter at a Time
    After reading the book ¡Si, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A., students learn about labor unions, strikes, and organizing for change. Students interview staff members in their school to learn about their daily work life, and write persuasive advocacy letters.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies
    Antislavery heroes are the focus of this lesson. Students research a historical figure who played a key role in the abolition of slavery, and then create a three-dimensional biographical mobile.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 5
    Susan B. Anthony voted on this date in 1872, leading to her arrest.
    After assigning special privileges to an arbitrarily designated group, students write about how they felt during the simulation and consider what they might be willing to do to change an unjust law.

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