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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 17
    Davy Crockett was born in 1786.
    Students read selected excerpts from Crockett's biography and consider whether present-day politicians follow Crockett's advice.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Defining Literacy in a Digital World
    Through listing and observation, students identify the many texts that they read and compose—including books and magazines, television shows, movies, audio broadcasts, hypertexts, and animations.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts
    This strategy guide clarifies the difference between persuasion and argumentation, stressing the connection between close reading of text to gather evidence and formation of a strong argumentative claim about text.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Discovering a Passion for Poetry With Langston Hughes
    Through a study of Langston Hughes' poetry, students connect his writing to his place in history.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Discovering Traditional Sonnet Forms
    Students read sonnets, charting the poems' characteristics and using their observations to deduce traditional sonnet forms. They then write original sonnets, using a poem they have analyzed as a model.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Dystopian Literature
    Tune in to hear about books that imagine the future darkly by exploring the consequences of war, environmental disasters, and creepy repressive governments.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 30
    Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928.
    Students compare and contrast two views of the Holocaust from different authors. Students may also research stories of other survivors who may or may not be published and create a presentation on this survivor.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 28
    Esther Forbes, author of Johnny Tremain, was born in 1891.
    Students explore the genre of historical fiction by writing original works and comparing all of the finished pieces.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Audience and Purpose with a Single Issue
    Students explore the concepts of audience and purpose by focusing on an issue that divided Americans in 1925, the debate of evolution versus creationism raised by the Scopes Monkey Trial.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Exploring Consumerism Where Ads and Art Intersect
    Students add up the effect of images and persuasive language to analyze the art and words in advertisements.

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