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Dr. Seuss, Toni Morrison, and John Steinbeck! It’s February 17 to 28 on ReadWriteThink

tengrrl Posted by tengrrl in Reading & Language Arts on Feb 17, 2013 11:13:18 PM

seuss_cake.jpgTime to get your plans ready for Read Across America Day, which takes places the weekend of March 1 to 3. The day is always celebrated near March 2nd,  the birthday of   the author better known to most readers as Dr. Seuss, Dr. Theodor Geisel.


Mark his birthday with NEA’s Read Across America, the largest reading event in the United States, by celebrating with read-aloud, read-along, and reading marathon activities. For classroom materials on  other new and timely topics, just keep reading!


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From the Calendar

  • February 18: In 1931, Toni Morrison was born. After retelling a familiar fable, students discover the differences in one of Morrison’s retellings of a fable. (For grades 3–12)

  • February 20:  Actor Sidney Poitier was born in 1924. Students do a journal entry about barriers that have been broken–such as age, race, and gender–that might impede them in the future, and how they can break through those barriers. (For grades 3–12)

  • February 21: Humorist Erma Bombeck was born in 1927. Using lines from Bombeck’s newspaper column, students identify allusive or satirical humor. Older students can rewrite the passages for a different audience. (For grades 9–12)

  • February 23: Diarist Samuel Pepys was born. Students write diary entries and revisit the entries as if it were a hundred years from now. Students then brainstorm and write paragraphs about life in the 21st century. (For grades 3–12)

  • February 27: In 1902, John Steinbeck was born. Students brainstorm a list of the ills of society, research a topic of their choosing, and then prepare an annotated bibliography of texts that address the topic. (For grades 9–12)

  • In March, find lesson plans and activities on Teen Tech Week, the Ides of March, St. Patrick’s Day, author birthdays, and more!

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—Traci Gardner


[Photo: Dr Seuss’ Birthday Cake at the Vineland Library. by San José Library, on Flickr]


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