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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 23
    In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day.
    Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 3
    In 1927, Joan Lowery Nixon was born.
    As a class, a genre study of mysteries takes place and a chart is made about what makes a good mystery.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 18
    In 1931, Toni Morrison was born.
    After retelling a familiar fable, students discover the differences in one of Morrison's retellings of a fable.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Strategy Guide
    Introducing Ideas and Vocabulary with the Concept Sort
    A Concept Sort is a vocabulary and comprehension strategy used with students to introduce new topics and/or familiarize students with new vocabulary.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 4
    Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, was born today.
    Students compare different versions of the fairy tale Cinderella and then rewrite a lesser-known Grimm story and explain the changes they made.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 31
    J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.
    Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 3
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on this day.
    Students compare the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's novels. Students then imagine how a scene in a current novel that they are reading would be filmed.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    "Licensed" to Drive: Old West Figures
    This lesson invites students to create a "Driver's License" for characters that have made a contribution to western expansion in the United States.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Lights, Camera, Action: Interviewing a Book Character
    Students get the inside scoop on a story when they create interview questions and answers for characters in the books they read.

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