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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 8
    Faith Ringgold was born on October 8, 1930.
    Students use Ringgold's books as a springboard for a discussion of race, gender, and civil rights, and then write and illustrate original picture books on these topics.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 3
    Frederick Douglass began publication of The North Star today in 1847.
    Students read and discuss an editorial written by Frederick Douglass and then write the opening editorial for a contemporary publication devoted to a social cause important to them.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    From Friedan Forward—Considering a Feminist Perspective
    Students write letters expressing personal views on issues like equal pay, equal education/employment opportunity, and gender roles—and receive these letters six years later.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    From Text to Film: Exploring Classic Literature Adaptations
    Students create storyboards to compare and contrast a book and its film adaptation.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 27
    Helen Keller was born in 1880.
    In the spirit of Helen Keller, students explore the American Sign Language Browser from Michigan State University and try using a few signs.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Tip & How-To
    How to Start a Writer's Notebook
    Writer's notebooks allow children and teens to take in the world around them and document their daily lives. Use these tips to learn how to start a writer's notebook with your child.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 8
    In 1847, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was born.
    Students brainstorm the superstitions they know and small groups research one of the superstitions to determine its origin and meaning or purpose. Students can write about the superstition using the Mystery Cube interactive.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 15
    In 1870, the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad was completed.
    Students access the National Park Service website and look at the webpage "The Last Spikes." Students explore different accounts of what happened as the railroad neared completion and discuss the nature of ceremonies.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 27
    In 1902, John Steinbeck was born.
    Students brainstorm a list of the ills of society, research a topic of their choosing, and then prepare an annotated bibliography of texts that address the topic.

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