This week in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution gave women the right to vote. As America prepares for election day in November, ask students to explore what it means to have the right to vote and what they can do to be active in politics, even if they are not old enough to vote yet.
For more fun literacy activities, check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below.
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From the Calendar
- August 26: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920. A representative from the local chapter of the League of Women Voters is invited to talk to students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics.(For grades 5–8)
- August 28: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. Students explore the “I Have a Dream” Foundation’s website and brainstorm ways they can help themselves or others at their school achieve their educational dreams. (For grades 7–12)
- August 29: Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952. Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust. (For grades 7–12)
- August 30: Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909. Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification. (For grades 3–12)
- September 1: Library Card Sign-up Month begins today.A school or public library librarian is invited to visit the classroom to talk to the students about the advantages of having a library card. Students then take a library tour to acquaint them with the general features and resources available. (For grades K–6)
- In September, find lesson plans and activities on International Literacy Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, Banned Books Week, author birthdays, and more!
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