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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 16
    The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850.
    Students brainstorm the possible meaning of the title The Scarlet Letter and what its significance might be. The class' responses are returned to once the reading has begun to see how their definitions have changed.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Time Magazine launches its "Tom Swifty" contest today in 1963.
    Students have fun with language by creating a special kind of pun with its origin in a literary source.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 18
    Today is Chris Van Allsburg's birthday.
    Students explore varying points of view, one of Van Allsburg's common themes, by rewriting a traditional story.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Today is D.E.A.R. Day!
    April 12 is known as D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 17
    Today is St. Patrick's Day.
    St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by reading Irish folk tales and using the Story Cube tool to create a graphic organizer and see what characteristics are unique to Irish tales.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Today is World Read Aloud Day.
    Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 27
    Today, the American Library Association announces its annual book award winners.
    Students research different awards given by the ALA and do an activity based on one of the awards.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 21
    Ursula K. LeGuin was born on this day in 1929.
    Students examine realistic and non-realistic elements of a familiar fantasy story of their choice.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 5
    Walt Disney was born in 1901.
    Students describe female characters in Disney films, discuss their characteristics, and write a thesis statement about them.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 12
    Walter Dean Myers, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Monster, was born in 1937.
    Students discuss how the form of a film script affects the story, why the author may have selected this writing style, and write a story using a similar format.

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