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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 29
    Poe's "The Raven" was published in 1845.
    As Poe's "The Raven" is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 18
    Raymond Carver was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988.
    Students identify characteristics of Carver's work and compare them to other authors, as well as to literary minimalism. Students then write original poems or short stories in minimalist style.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 13
    Roald Dahl was born on this day in 1916.
    Students adapt a Roald Dahl story to picture book format and share their books and add them to the classroom library. Additionally, they compare a book version and film version of one of Dahl's works.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 22
    Science-fiction author Ray Bradbury was born in 1920.
    Students do a Bradbury author study and then create flyers to advertise their favorite story using the ReadWriteThink Printing Press.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 14
    Star Wars creator George Lucas was born in 1944.
    Students use the Hero's Journey interactive to describe how Luke Skywalker meets each stage of his journey, and then brainstorm other works that use the formula.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 3
    Stellaluna author Janell Cannon was born in 1957.
    After reading Stellaluna, students discuss themes in the story and do a unit on bats or a creative writing activity based on the book.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 13
    The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden was dedicated on October 13, 1995.
    Students select characters that they believe are the most memorable from Cleary's books and write short persuasive essays to explain their choices.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 7  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 23
    The Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children is announced today.
    Students read and discuss an award-winning book before writing their own story that demonstrates compassion.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 18
    Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937.
    Students brainstorm the kinds of stories they know and where these stories come from. Students return to these questions as they begin reading Hurston's novel.
  10. 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.

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