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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 16
    The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929.
    Students make lists of their favorite and least favorite movies and brainstorm qualities that make a film good or bad. Next, students write a movie review for a film they have seen.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 6
    The Jazz Singer debuted on this day in 1927.
    Students think about the sound in a movie they have seen multiple times. Then students predict what sounds they expect to hear in a short scene from a film with the sound turned down.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 9  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Mysteries of Harris Burdick: Using Illustrations to Guide Writing
    Students use illustrations from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick as a guide to write mysteries
    and then present their stories to the class for students to discuss to which illustration each
    story corresponds.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom
    What does peace mean to you? In this lesson, students attempt to answer this question as they write and perform a short skit that reflects their ideas of peace.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    The Ten-Minute Play: Encouraging Original Response to Challenging Texts
    Students use both analytical and creative skills to adapt passages from a novel with significant internal dialogue and conflict, such as Toni Morrison's Beloved, into a ten-minute play.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Printout  |  Learning New Skills
    Through the Eyes of the Director
    What makes a movie work or fail? A well-made movie can draw viewers in so completely that they can forget that everything they see and hear was planned out by the filmmakers. This printout prompts teens to look at several distinct elements of a movie and decide on their overall effectiveness.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Today is D.E.A.R. Day!
    April 12 is known as D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Using the RAFT Writing Strategy
    This strategy guide introduces the RAFT technique and offers practical ideas for using this technique to teach students to experiment with various perspectives in their writing.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 5
    Walt Disney was born in 1901.
    Students describe female characters in Disney films, discuss their characteristics, and write a thesis statement about them.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   11 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    What's the Purpose?: Examining a Cold Manipulation of Language
    With a crafty pen, Truman Capote wrote In Cold Blood to create a new genre and shock his audience. This lesson will help students examine Capote's manipulation of language as he forces his audience to take a different look at murderers and consider a different definition of nonfiction. His unique purpose leaves students an interesting text to consider.

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