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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Giving Voice to Students Through "This I Believe" Podcasts
    Students write and record their own essays for a class blog by first completing a series of activities designed to get them thinking and writing about their experiences.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3
    Gwendolyn Brooks published Bronzeville Boys and Girls in 1956.
    After students have read and discussed several poems from Brooks' collection, they create a poetry anthology for their own family, neighborhood, or classroom.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    "Help! What Is Wrong With These Literature Circles and How Can We Fix Them?"
    The authors of this article offer some suggestions for how to improve literature circle discussions.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 12
    Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817.
    Students make mental "snapshots" of a natural setting, then capture the details of their setting by writing and then creating a class booklet of the nature walk.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 21
    Humorist Erma Bombeck was born in 1927.
    Using lines from Bombeck's newspaper column, students identify allusive or satirical humor. Older students can rewrite the passages for a different audience.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 5
    In 1952, Paul Fleischman was born on this day.
    Some of Fleishman's memories in his essay "My House of Voices" are shared with the class. Students then write a descriptive essay that gives a tour of the voices in their homes, school, etc.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 20
    In 1969, the first human walked on the moon.
    As a class, students discuss Neil Armstrong's famous quote when he landed on the moon and explore the difference that one word can make, as well as the gendered language that Armstrong uses.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 31
    Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.
    Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society.

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