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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 24
    Gold was discovered in California in 1848.
    Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson
    Guided Comprehension: Monitoring Using the INSERT Technique
    Based on the Guided Comprehension Model developed by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen, this lesson introduces students to the comprehension strategy of monitoring.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Guided Comprehension: Self-Questioning Using Question-Answer Relationships
    Guided comprehension moves your students beyond decoding to become independent readers. Generating questions to guide reading helps readers make connections with the text and supports independent comprehension of new texts.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Tip & How-To
    How to Start a Writer's Notebook
    Writer's notebooks allow children and teens to take in the world around them and document their daily lives. Use these tips to learn how to start a writer's notebook with your child.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 8
    In 1847, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was born.
    Students brainstorm the superstitions they know and small groups research one of the superstitions to determine its origin and meaning or purpose. Students can write about the superstition using the Mystery Cube interactive.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 15
    In 1870, the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad was completed.
    Students access the National Park Service website and look at the webpage "The Last Spikes." Students explore different accounts of what happened as the railroad neared completion and discuss the nature of ceremonies.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 4
    In 1928, Maya Angelou was born.
    After hearing Maya Angelou's poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," students infer information about the speaker and her feelings about America and reflect on how one's life and experiences can influence one's writing.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 15
    In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.
    Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 9
    In 1939, Marian Anderson was denied permission to sing at Constitution Hall.
    Students view Eleanor Roosevelt's resignation letter to the DAR in response to Andersen being denied permission to sing. Students write a letter to a newspaper editor about social injustice.
  10. 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.

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