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Author Birthdays, Back to School, and Famous Firsts

tengrrl Posted by tengrrl in Reading & Language Arts on Aug 2, 2011 1:09:41 AM

MuitimboThinkfinity offers a collection of free live and recorded webinars that help you learn more about ReadWriteThink and the other Thinkfinity partners. Try out on-demand sessions like these:

In addition to those resources, be sure to check out the ReadWriteThink calendar entries, new lesson plans, and classroom materials below. Have a great week!


New Resources

From the Calendar 

  • 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. (For grades 7–12)

  • August 1: The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990. Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years. (For grades 3–8)

  • August 2: Get ready to go back to school! Students share details about their lives with one another using the interactive Graphic Map and share their memories in small groups or with the whole class. (For grades 3–6)

  • August 4: President Barack Obama was born today in 1961. Students are introduced to a passage by President Barack Obama in his book Dreams from My Father and are encouraged to engage in an examination of the ways they are portrayed by the media. (For grades 7–12)

  • August 5: French author Guy de Maupassant was born on this day in 1850. Students read and then rewrite a de Maupassant short story, updating its vocabulary and setting to that of the 21st century. (For grades 9–12)

  • August 6: The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926. Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria   for what makes an athlete “famous.” Students then forecast which of today’s athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years. (For grades 3–8)
  • Look ahead to next week for lesson plans and activities on the first picture of Earth from space, the Smithsonian Institute, and the birthdays of  Seymour Simon, Alex Haley, Walter Dean Myers, and William Caxton.

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