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Thanksgiving, Mickey Mouse, Jonathan Swift:  November 18 to 30 on ReadWriteThink

tengrrl Posted by tengrrl in Reading & Language Arts on Nov 16, 2012 3:10:11 AM

turkey.jpgDo you have activities ready for Thanksgiving? Although Thanksgiving Day has been celebrated for over 200 years, the fourth Thursday of November didn’t become the official Thanksgiving Day until  1941, when Franklin Roosevelt signed the holiday into Federal law for the first time. Up until that year, the date had been in flux.


Find additional information on Thanksgiving, including how a letter writing campaign played a pivotal role in that federal law and classroom-ready lesson plans, on the ReadWriteThink calendar. You might even start a letter-writing campaign of your own with the Letter Generator.


Find other  timely ReadWriteThink calendar entries and classroom materials below.


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From the Calendar

  • November 18: Mickey Mouse appeared in his first animated feature. Students create a short, humorous story with at least one action character, and then use the Comic Creator to make a flipbook. (For grades 3–8)

  • November 19: Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863. Students practice the Pre-AP strategy called SOAPSTone, identifying important parts of the Gettysburg Address and comparing it with John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech. (For grades 7–12)

  • November 20: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was published in 1974. Students are introduced to a Silverstein verse and asked for their impressions. They then draw that they imagine when they read one of his lines and then write a line or two to continue the passage. (For grades 1–12)

  • November 21: Today is World Hello Day! Students study a letter written by a famous author to determine purpose, and words and phrases that make the letter meaningful. They can use the Letter Generator to write their own letter promoting peace. (For grades 5–12)

  • November 22: America celebrates Thanksgiving Day today. After reading the book Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving, students read the letter Hale sent to Lincoln and brainstorm a list of ways to make their community better. (For grades 5–12)

  • 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. (For grades 5–12)

  • November 29: Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832. Students brainstorm important events and people that might serve as the beginning of an interesting piece of writing. They then use the Bio-Cube to plan their writing and write an essay about a memorable person. (For grades 7–12)

  • November 30: Jonathan Swift was born on this day in 1667. Students explore satire and parody in television and film, advertising, and journalism and create a display that highlights their findings. (For grades 9–12)

  • In December, find lesson plans and activities on  Rosa Parks, Pearl Harbor, Bill of Rights Day, the Boston Tea Party, and more!

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—Traci Gardner


[Photo: Turkey by H.L.I.T., on Flickr]


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