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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 30
    Paperback books were first introduced in 1935.
    Independent reading is promoted among students by organizing a paperback book swap in the classroom or with other classes at the same grade level.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 11
    Patriot Day is celebrated today on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.
    Students write about the name "Patriot Day" and how it marks the anniversary of a huge disaster. An alternative assignment could be to ask students to record their reflections about 9/11.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 11
    Pedro Albizu Campos leads the Puerto Rican Independence movement.
    After learning about the story of Pedro Albizu Campos and his commitment to Puerto Rican independence, students research and share their learning about another nationalist figure from around the world.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 29
    Poe's "The Raven" was published in 1845.
    As Poe's "The Raven" is read aloud, students note their reactions and discuss the changes or development of their first impressions as the poem continues.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 19
    Poet and author Pat Mora was born on this day in 1942.
    Students study and write extended metaphors through the use of Pat Mora's book.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 27
    Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar was born today in 1872.
    Students read one of Dunbar's most famous poems and explore how critical excerpts shape their understanding.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 25
    Poet Robert Burns was born in 1759.
    Students read examples of traditional Scottish ballads and use this information to write and perform their own ballads.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 28
    Poet William Blake was born in 1757.
    As a class, students brainstorm abstract concepts and personify that concept through a drawing or story told about the character who personifies that concept.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 25
    Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1803.
    Students visit a quotation attributed to Emerson and identify the definition of success. Students then use the Postcard Creator to write a note to a person that they feel is successful.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 22
    Randolph Caldecott was born on March 22, 1846.
    Students explore the history of the Caldecott Medal and create a classroom literary award modeled after the Caldecott.

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