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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 28
    Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine, was born in 1914.
    After learning about Dr. Salk, students interview a family member or someone they know who remembers the polio epidemic.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 28
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
    Students explore the "I Have a Dream" Foundation's website and brainstorm ways they can help themselves or others at their school achieve their educational dreams.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Dynamic Duo Text Talks: Examining the Content of Internet Sites
    An Observation and Inquiry Sheet guides students as they analyze and compare their reactions to the value, engagement, and credibility of three websites related to Anne Frank and the Holocaust.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 30
    Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928.
    Students compare and contrast two views of the Holocaust from different authors. Students may also research stories of other survivors who may or may not be published and create a presentation on this survivor.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 23
    Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the US to earn a MD degree in 1849.
    "Famous Firsts" are researched by students, followed by small group research and multimedia presentations to report research results.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Entering History: Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Nikki Giovanni's poem "The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr." is paired with Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, taking students on a quest through time to the Civil Rights movement.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 28
    Esther Forbes, author of Johnny Tremain, was born in 1891.
    Students explore the genre of historical fiction by writing original works and comparing all of the finished pieces.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    Every Punctuation Mark Matters: A Minilesson on Semicolons
    Students analyze stylistic choices and grammar use in authentic writing, focusing on the use of the semicolon in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Exploring and Sharing Family Stories
    Writing gets personal when students interview family members in order to write a personal narrative about that person.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Exploring Author's Voice Using Jane Addams Award-Winning Books
    History has many faces in this lesson in which students read Jane Addams Award-winning books to learn about peace, social justice, world community, and equality.

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