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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 19
    On this day in 1918, the United States passed the U.S. Standard Time Act.
    A video conference with a class from a different country or time zone is planned. Students brainstorm questions to ask and figure out how many time zones they would have to travel through to have the conference.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 17
    Oprah Winfrey launched her book club this week in 1996.
    Book clubs are created within the classroom or with a grade level or different classes.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 30
    Paperback books were first introduced in 1935.
    Independent reading is promoted among students by organizing a paperback book swap in the classroom or with other classes at the same grade level.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 27
    Playwright August Wilson was born in 1945.
    Students use the Timeline Tool and Drama Map to create a decade-by-decade record and play of their community's history.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 27
    Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar was born today in 1872.
    Students read one of Dunbar's most famous poems and explore how critical excerpts shape their understanding.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 26
    Sally Ride, first American woman in space, was born in 1951.
    After exploring information about Sally Ride on the StarKids Who's Who site, students write a letter using the Letter Generator to Dr. Ride's foundation, Sally Ride Science.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 11
    Sharon Draper was born on this day in 1952.
    Students read a book from one of Draper's trilogies and then meet to discuss their book with students have read the other two books.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Take part in the African American Read-In!
    Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.

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