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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 7
    Labor Day honors the labor movement in the United States.
    Marked by parades, picnics, and other celebrations, Labor Day is a time set aside to recognize the achievements of the American labor movement and the dignity in all work.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    "Licensed" to Drive: Old West Figures
    This lesson invites students to create a "Driver's License" for characters that have made a contribution to western expansion in the United States.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 19
    Malcolm X was born in Nebraska in 1925.
    Students write about the origin of their name and explore the names that Malcolm X used during this life.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    New and Noteworthy Books for Teens
    Tune in to hear book talks on some of the best titles published in 2009-titles that will keep teens reading once summer is over.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 10
    Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis was born in 1953.
    Students brainstorm a list of civil rights-related issues and use the Acrostic Poems interactive to create poems.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 8
    On this day in 1935, Elvis Presley was born.
    Students visit the National Archives to read a letter written by Elvis Presley to President Nixon. The Letter Generator is used to write a letter to a current artist suggesting a meeting with the President.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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