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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 8
    Jon Scieszka was born in 1954.
    Students review Scieszka's tips for encouraging young people to read and then create their own, sharing ideas with adults in their community through a letter.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 12
    Judy Blume was born in 1938.
    Students work with a partner or individually to create cartoons of their favorite scenes from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 29
    Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952.
    Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Langston Hughes was born in 1902.
    Students examine the poem "Dreams" and identify metaphors in each sentence. Groups of students then compose poems with metaphors for dreams.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 4  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 16
    LeVar Burton, longtime host of Reading Rainbow, was born in 1957.
    After reading two complementary Reading Rainbow selections, students compare the selections using the Venn Diagram and write a comparison essay.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 18
    Mickey Mouse appeared in his first animated feature.
    Students create a short, humorous story with at least one action character, and then use online tools to make a flipbook.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 1
    Music in Our Schools Month is in March.
    Students explore the effects of music on a story by reading a story, novel, or play, viewing the musical version, and comparing the two. Students can then select a text read in class and create a musical adaptation.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 21
    Novelist Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899.
    Students examine the ways different authors treat the subject of war in their writing and compare and contrast using the Venn Diagram interactive.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 17
    On the Road author Jack Kerouac embarked on his first cross-country road trip in 1947.
    Students read a section from On the Road that deals with cross-country travel and reflects Kerouac's unique writing style. Students then attempt to write a narrative using Kerouac's stream-of-consciousness style.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 5
    Pocahontas married John Rolfe on this date in 1614.
    Students read "The Chieftan's Daughter" and are shown the fresco that tells the legend of Pocahontas. A class discussion follows regarding fact and fiction and students research Pocahontas.

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