Do you know about Harry Cat, the Library Lion, Square Cat, and Tumford: The Terrible? You will after you check out the latest collection of reviews from the International Reading Association Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group. Check out their recommendations of Cat Tales for K–5 readers, and don’t miss their reviews last month of books for dog lovers.
After you read those books, try our newest printable worksheet, the Narrative Pyramid. This graphic organizer, taken from Ellery and Rosenboom’s Sustaining Strategic Readers, asks students to reflect on key ideas and details from a short story or a chapter of a novel they have read recently.
For more classroom materials on new and timely topics, just keep reading! We have materials on St. Patrick’s Day, time zones, World Poetry Day and more!
- New Lesson: From Text to Film: Exploring Classic Literature Adaptations, Grades 8–12
- Celebrate the great achievements and discoveries made by women! March is National Women's History Month.
- Enter your best piece of fiction in the Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers for a chance at $10,000.
- Celebrate Teaching! Register now to join the celebration at IRA’s 2012 Annual Convention in Chicago. Hot Topic Sessions at the Convention focus on Learning, Technology, ELL, Assessment, and Writing.
- Tune up the band, learn some new songs, and explore the role of music in literature. Music in Our Schools Month is in March!
- Complete the IRA/NCTE Survey for Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches to help gather information about the current roles and responsibilities of reading specialists/literacy coaches across the United States. Deadline: March 21, 2012.
From the Calendar
- March 15: Beware the Ides of March! Students discuss and categorize superstitions, define a superstition, and compare the similarities and difference between proverbs and superstitions. (For grades 3–12)
- March 16: The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850. Students brainstorm the possible meaning of the title The Scarlet Letter and what its significance might be. The class' responses are returned to once the reading has begun to see how their definitions have changed. (For grades 9–12)
- March 17: Today is St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by reading Irish folk tales and using the Story Map tool to create a graphic organizer and see what characteristics are unique to Irish tales. (For grades 1–12)
- March 19: On this day in 1918, the United States passed the U.S. Standard Time Act.A video conference with a class from a different country or time zone is planned. Students brainstorm questions to ask and figure out how many time zones they would have to travel through to have the conference. (For grades 3–12)
- March 21: Today is World Poetry Day. Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it. (For grades 3–12)
- March 22: Randolph Caldecott was born on March 22, 1846. Students explore the history of the Caldecott Medal and create a classroom literary award modeled after the Caldecott. (For grades K–12)
- March 24: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered in New York in 1955. Students are introduced to the characteristics of drama, read a chapter from a novel the class has read, and create a script from the chapter that they will present to the class. (For grades 5–12)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on the Kate DiCamillo, Robert Frost, Anna Sewell, and César Chávez!
Discuss These Topics with Other Teachers
- What fun classroom activities have you planned to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and learn more about the Irish Culture?
- Is YouTube blocked in your school?
- Humor and Giggles in the Classroom?
- Who do you quote in your classroom during Women in History Month?
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