- Lesson Plan: Finding Solutions to Food Waste: Persuasion in a Digital World (for Grades 7–9)
- Lesson Plan: Tell Me Your Story: Video-Inspired Vocabulary Writing (for grades 9–12)
- Lesson Plan: Inspire Healthful Reading Using Unconventional Texts (for grades K–2)
- Podcast: Animal Perspectives, Episode 53 of Chatting About Books (for grades K–5)
- Podcast: A Conversation with Patricia McCormick, Episode 57 of Text Messages (for grades 6–12)
- Strategy Guide: Using Paired Reading to Increase Fluency and Peer Cooperation (for grades K–6)
Find other timely ReadWriteThink calendar entries and classroom materials below.
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- Register for the free webinar Using Formative Reading Assessment to Enhance Content Area Learning presented by Scott Filkins. It takes place Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 2 pm Pacific/ 3 pm Mountain/ 4 pm Central/ 5 pm Eastern.
- Gather your team. Dream up your idea. Design your app. Win big! It's the @VerizonGiving Innovative App Challenge.
- Looking for mobile apps? Check out our Word Mover and the Trading Cards Mobile App.
- Find activities for Martin Luther King Day on the calendar.
- Ready for Common Core? Prepare your students for the future with resources from IRA and NCTE.
From the Calendar
- January 1: Annie Moore becomes the first immigrant to enter Ellis Island in 1892.Students explore online resources about Ellis Island, interview an immigrant in the area, and publish their stories. (For grades 3–12)
- 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. (For grades 7–12)
- January 4: Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, was born today.Students compare different versions of the fairy tale Cinderella and then rewrite a lesser-known Grimm story and explain the changes they made. (For grades 7–12)
- January 6: Two famous Smiths share this birthday. Students research Captain John Smith and Jedediah Smith, and compare them. Students then investigate the meaning of their last name. (For grades 3–12)
- January 8: On this day in 1935, Elvis Presley was born. Students visit the National Archives to read a letter written by Elvis Presley to President Nixon. The Letter Generator is used to write a letter to a current artist suggesting a meeting with the President. (For grades 3–12)
- January 11: Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935. Students explore the definition of a hero and use the interactive Venn diagram to identify the most common characteristics of a hero. (For grades 3–12)
- In January, find lesson plans and activities on the Martin Luther King, Jr., Pat Mora, Poe’s “The Raven,” the California Gold Rush, and more!
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