September 11, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Visit the Thinkfinity group for lessons, resources, and conversations about teaching this event, as well as the archived version of the recent online conference hosted by the Smithsonian and other museums that explores additional teaching strategies.
For other new and timely classroom-ready ideas, check out the ReadWriteThink calendar entries, new lesson plans, and other materials below.
- New punctuation lessons just arrived from The Electric Company.
- New on ReadWriteThink: Become a Young Archaeologist (Grades 1–4)
- Learn more about Thinkfinity and the many resources you can use in the classroom by viewing a recorded webinar.
- Use the Guided Writing strategy guide to learn how to use small-group, guided writing instruction to teach students effective strategies and improve their ability to produce text independently.
- Thinkfinity has lesson plans and interactives you can use to explore Constitution Day (September 17th) with students.
From the Calendar
- 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)
- September 3: Google was formally incorporated this week in 1998. Students are guided in an exploration of search tools and have a discussion about the purposes, benefits, and disadvantages of each. (For grades 5–12)
- 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. (For grades 7–12)
- September 5: In 1952, Paul Fleischman was born on this day. Some of Fleishman's memories in his essay "My House of Voices" is shared with the class. Students then write a descriptive essay that gives a tour of the voices in their homes, school, etc. (For grades 1–12)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on International Literacy Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, authors Roald Dahl, William Carlos Williams, and Elie Wiesel, and more!
Discuss These Topics with Other Teachers
- How do you motivate students to explore and use library resources?
- What are your thoughts on grouping by gender?
- What are some ways students can be involved in community projects?
- Make the most of Thinkfinity.org by adding our partners to your social network!
If you have feedback or questions about ReadWriteThink, all you have to do is contact us.