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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 9
    The Barbie doll was unveiled in 1959.
    Students explore body image and advertising through an activity where they bring in pictures from magazines that they read and discuss gender representations in the media.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Blog of Anne Frank?: Taking on Social Roles through Online Writing
    Anne Frank shared her experiences through a private diary that became public as a book. In this lesson, students will consider how writing creates social identities as they blog about a political issue.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 16
    The Boston Tea Party took place in 1773.
    Students create a political cartoon for the Boston Tea Party and use the interactive Comic Creator to publish them.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 10
    The Crystal Palace hosted the first display of life-size dinosaur replicas in 1854.
    After learning about Hawkins' dinosaur replicas, students work individually or in small groups to investigate a dinosaur of their choice, comparing their findings to Hawkins'.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Year I Was Born: An Autobiographical Research Project
    Students explore the year they were born through interviews and research, and then weave the details into a newspaper or booklet, written from another person's point of view.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 2
    Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967.
    After discussing a statement made by Thurgood Marshall, students consider each piece of the comment and create a K-W-L chart to begin an investigation with other resources.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 5
    Today is Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko's birthday.
    Students revive elements of the oral tradition by writing about something funny that happened to them recently, sharing with classmates, and discussing the changes that occur during the retelling of the stories.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 21
    Today is the International Day of Peace.
    Students brainstorm a list of current conflicts and why people fight. Groups discuss and present possible solutions and create posters that promote their particular solution.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Online Professional Development  |  Web Seminar
    Tracking Argumentation across the Disciplines
    This Web seminar will examine the nature of argumentation across academic disciplines (especially social studies) and suggest questioning practices that scaffold analyzing argumentation in complex informational texts.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Worth Its Weight: Letter Writing with "The Things They Carried"
    This lesson uses a letter-writing activity based on Tim O'Brien's story "The Things They Carried" to build empathy as students examine the weight they symbolically carry in their own lives.

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