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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 29
    Poet Yusef Komunyakaa was born in 1947.
    Students examine imagery in the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 18
    Raymond Carver was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988.
    Students identify characteristics of Carver's work and compare them to other authors, as well as to literary minimalism. Students then write original poems or short stories in minimalist style.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 2
    Read Across America Day celebrates Dr. Seuss.
    After sharing The Cat in the Hat and other patterned books with students, groups brainstorm sets of rhyming words and create a story using these words.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 4
    Richard Wright was born in 1908.
    Students read an appropriate excerpt from Black Boy, discuss the incident in which Richard gets into trouble, and write found poems.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 13
    Roald Dahl was born on this day in 1916.
    Students adapt a Roald Dahl story to picture book format and share their books and add them to the classroom library. Additionally, they compare a book version and film version of one of Dahl's works.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 20
    Sandra Cisneros was born today in 1954.
    Students choose a small aspect of their lives to develop into a story, poem, or brief essay inspired by Cisneros' work.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 22
    Science-fiction author Ray Bradbury was born in 1920.
    Students do a Bradbury author study and then create flyers to advertise their favorite story using the ReadWriteThink Printing Press.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 9
    Science writer Seymour Simon was born in 1931.
    Students select and explore a scientific topic in detail using Simon's nonfiction science books and then use what they learn to write original poetry on the topic.

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