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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 4
    Richard Wright was born in 1908.
    Students read an appropriate excerpt from Black Boy, discuss the incident in which Richard gets into trouble, and write found poems.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 13
    Seamus Heaney was born on this day in 1939.
    Students focus on the figurative language in Heaney's poem, "Digging," and discuss the speaker's attitude, and how metaphor, simile, and image contribute to the poem.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 7
    Sherman Alexie was born in 1966.
    Students imagine they have been asked to participate in a museum exhibit, take photos/videos of a significant location, and write or record reflections. Students can also create an exhibit from something they have read.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Time Magazine launches its "Tom Swifty" contest today in 1963.
    Students have fun with language by creating a special kind of pun with its origin in a literary source.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 18
    Today is Chris Van Allsburg's birthday.
    Students explore varying points of view, one of Van Allsburg's common themes, by rewriting a traditional story.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Today is Walt Whitman's birthday.
    Students write and illustrate their own children's stories using the text from a Walt Whitman poem.

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