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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Songs of Our Lives: Using Lyrics to Write Stories
    Students learn about the life and music of John Lennon, write a short story from their lives integrating lyrics from some of their favorite songs, and create a class book of stories.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Technology That Powers Up Learning
    By designing lessons to activate prior knowledge and linking these activities to reading and writing, teachers found that students were more engaged, that they learned more material more quickly, and that they more willingly incorporated reading into their lives.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    The History Behind Song Lyrics
    Students research the items listed in the song "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel, noting their historical relevance, and then document their findings using an online chart.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 15
    The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.
    Students look at Kenneth Holder's paintings of the Lewis and Clark trail and transform their notes into a descriptive paragraph as if they were a member of the expedition.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 22
    The Pied Piper led the children out of Hamelin in 1376.
    After listening to The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, students compare Pratchett's version with Browning's version and discuss how perspective changes the story.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28
    The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.
    Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Tim O'Brien in the Classroom: "This too is true: Stories can save us"
    As part of the NCTE High School Literature Series, Tim O'Brien in the Classroom focuses on opportunities for classroom discussion and writing assignments, including lessons, open-ended prompts, and student writing samples.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 1
    Today is Census Day!
    Learn more about Census Day which happens every 10 years.
  10. 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.

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