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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Joining the Conversation about Young Adult Literature
    Students create a persuasive case calling for the adoption of a particular young adult literature title into their school's language arts curriculum by writing letters or speeches.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 9
    Kristallnacht occurred in 1938.
    To help understand the thinking of German leaders during the Holocaust, students write about a time when they failed to come to the assistance of someone who needed help.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Langston Hughes was born in 1902.
    Students examine the poem "Dreams" and identify metaphors in each sentence. Groups of students then compose poems with metaphors for dreams.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   10 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Life is Beautiful: Teaching the Holocaust through Film with Complementary Texts
    After students have read a book about the Holocaust, such as The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel, students will view Life is Beautiful and complete discussion questions to challenge their ability to analyze literature using film.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Many Years Later: Responding to Gwendolyn Brooks' "We Real Cool"
    Students analyze the Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool" and then write about how the character's pool hall days might influence who the character becomes fifty years in the future.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Name That Chapter! Discussing Summary and Interpretation Using Chapter Titles
    Students name unnamed chapters in a novel they are reading. They discuss possible chapter names, considering accuracy, word choice, and connotation, before settling on a choice.

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