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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 4
    In 1928, Maya Angelou was born.
    After hearing Maya Angelou's poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," students infer information about the speaker and her feelings about America and reflect on how one's life and experiences can influence one's writing.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    In the Poet's Shoes: Performing Poetry and Building Meaning
    Students take poetic license when they interpret William Carlos William's poem "The Red Wheelbarrow" to help create a poem of their own.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 4
    Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, was born today.
    Students compare different versions of the fairy tale Cinderella and then rewrite a lesser-known Grimm story and explain the changes they made.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 31
    J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.
    Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 3
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on this day.
    Students compare the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's novels. Students then imagine how a scene in a current novel that they are reading would be filmed.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Langston Hughes in the Classroom: "Do Nothin' till You Hear from Me"
    Carmaletta M. Williams provides high school teachers with background on Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance as well as help in teaching Hughes's poetry, short stories, novels, and autobiography.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Latino Poetry Blog: Blogging as a Forum for Open Discussion
    In this lesson, students use blogs to hold discussions about the effect of the factors of culture, history, and environment on Latino poetry.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Leading to Great Places in the Middle School Classroom
    Students examine leads in existing texts and create alternative leads for them before revising leads in their own writing.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Letters and Learning Genre
    Using their prior knowledge of books containing letters, students show their understanding of genre by rewriting a story and reflecting on how traditional stories differs from stories told in letters.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Literary Characters on Trial: Combining Persuasion and Literary Analysis
    Students stage a mock trial for a literary character, with groups of students acting as the prosecution, defense, and jury.

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