There’s reason to rejoice for fans of Walter Dean Myers. As reported in the New York Times, Myers has been appointed the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. In this position, Myers will work to promote the importance of children’s and young adult’s literacy. The New York Times describes the Ambassador as “a sort of poet laureate of the children's book world who tours the country for two years, speaking at schools and libraries about reading and literacy.” For those of us who love Myers’ writing, it’s a great way to kick off 2012.
For classroom activities using texts by Walter Dean Myers, check out the calendar entry for his birthday—and for new and timely ReadWriteThink calendar entries, lesson plans, and other classroom materials just keep reading!
- New lessons from ReadWriteThink:
- Find activities for Martin Luther King Day on the calendar.
- Students in grades K–1 learn about language by combining letters to form words based on the pictures that they see with the new Puzzle Me Words interactive.
- Hear the most interesting voices in education. Watch video interview of Sandra Day O’Connor, Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Chris Dede, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Jason Falls all in the Thinkfinity Education Speaker Series.
From the Calendar
- 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 6: PBS MASTERPIECE celebrates their anniversary today.Many NCTE/IRA members are longtime fans of MASTERPIECE on Sunday nights. It’s the longest-running, most-honored drama series on primetime television. Learn about their online archive of educator resources in this calendar entry. (For grades 6–12)
- 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)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on the Pat Mora, Robert Burns, book awards, and more!
Discuss These Topics with Other Teachers
- Do you sign standardized tests in your system? What issues are you facing regarding this?
- Poll: When do you plan class sessions?
- What is your 2012 resolution?
- How have the new Common Core standards changed your teaching?
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- Make the most of Thinkfinity.org by adding our partners to your social network!
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[Photo courtesy of Walter Dean Myers]