Big Idea #1 - Banned Books Week

The 2018 Banned Books Week is September 23 to 29, 2018. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. Visit the American Library Association website for more information and ideas on how to participate in Banned Books Week. In 2017, the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird was one of the top ten banned books for that year.

Big Idea #2 - Deeper classroom discussions

Getting students to have thoughtful discussions about a book they read or another assignment can be challenging, no matter the grade level. One way is to facilitate small group discussions. Read the article about how this method works, even with students in the third grade. Another method is the thoughts, questions, and epiphanies (TQE) method. Read the article about how one high school English teacher uses it in her classroom, and how it drives student-centered learning.

Big Idea #3 - Constitution Day

The 2018 Constitution Day is Monday, September 17, 2018. It commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by many of our founding fathers from the thirteen colonies, including two of our first five presidents and the first Secretary of the Treasury. Visit the National Archives Constitution webpage for facts and figures about our country's most important document. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin is one of the signers of the Constitution?

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