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  1. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    It's Raining Cats and Dogs! Make a Children's Book about the Weather
    Kids learn about weather sayings throughout history while writing and illustrating a book for younger children.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 31
    Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919.
    Students read messages sent to the White House from Jackie Robinson and discuss his role as an athlete and a civil rights activist, as well as the role of athletes in society.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 2
    James Baldwin was born today in 1924.
    Students read and respond to an essay by Baldwin, commenting on the contemporary resonance of his ideas.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 7
    Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday was born in 1915.
    Students listen to Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" and identify powerful and descriptive images for a mini-lesson on tone and about the lynchings in the South during this time.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3
    Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.
    Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 7
    Labor Day honors the labor movement in the United States.
    Marked by parades, picnics, and other celebrations, Labor Day is a time set aside to recognize the achievements of the American labor movement and the dignity in all work.
  7. 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.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Life Stories
    Life stories are books that trace defining moments and turning points in people's lives. By exploring how individuals overcome obstacles and discover their passions or fall prey to mistakes and inner demons life stories illustrate how human beings navigate the complexities of living. Tune in to hear about a variety of life stories some that celebrate lives of success, others that mourn lives tragically lost or wasted.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Magazine Redux: An Exercise in Critical Literacy
    Paper and pixels get compared in this lesson in which students compare both printed and online versions of a magazine.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Making the Cut: Revising Memoirs by Detecting Clutter and Confusion
    Students improve a slide show by removing pictures. Their reasons for cutting pictures are translated into revision guidelines for cutting unnecessary words and sections from their rough drafts.

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