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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Magnetism of Language: Parts of Speech, Poetry, and Word Play
    What wonderful ways words work! The parts of speech are the highlight of this lesson in which students identify parts of speech in a nonsensical poem and then create their own wild and wacky rhymes.
  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   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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 3
    Today is World Read Aloud Day.
    Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3
    United States Congress officially adopted the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1985.
    Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using Children's Literature to Develop Classroom Community
    Conversation and cooperation bring out the best in students when they hold dialogues about their individual strengths, abilities, and talents.

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