May 09


The Cobb County School District’s Library Media Education and English Language Arts Departments have partnered with the Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS), Marietta City Schools, and Smyrna Public Library to provide complementary summer reading programs for Grades 6-12. The theme for this summer’s teen reading program is “Spark a Reaction.” (based on the Collaborative Summer Library Program, an organization used by public libraries in all 50 states).

To participate in the school and/or public library programs:

  1. READ! A suggested reading list is attached, but a student may read any age and level-appropriate book of his/her choice. Consult your public librarian for additional recommendations.
  2. Complete an online or printed review form for each book read. All necessary resources can be found here.
  3. If students want to be eligible to win prizes, online forms need to be submitted and printed forms need to be returned by July 31 for CCPLS and by the first week of school for school libraries. For more information about the CCPLS Summer Reading Program, click here.

    The more you read and turn in, the more you have a chance to win! (10 entry maximum for CCPLS).

Research consistently shows a correlation between summer reading participation and student achievement but only when parents, educators, and community members provide access to books and support with comprehension. According to James Kim, assistant professor at Harvard University, “voluntary summer reading programs can work—but they work best when adults and teachers get involved by helping students to choose appropriate books and employ simple techniques to improve skill and understanding,” (source)

For more information regarding these programs, contact your local school or public librarian, and remember, reading books will “Spark a Reaction!”

Summer Reading Requirement for Rising 7th & 8th Graders

Summer reading is important for middle school students. It helps foster a lifelong love of reading and helps students maintain the gains in reading comprehension skills they have made during the school year. For this reason, we will require all rising 7th & 8th graders to read a minimum of one book this summer. While there will be no formal requirement for rising 6th graders, we strongly encourage all of our students to read over the summer.


McClure students will choose at least one age-appropriate and level-appropriate book to read this summer. They may wish to consult the Suggested Summer Reading List, which can be found on the McClure website, but are not limited to the titles and authors listed. Students should choose ‘new’ books to read rather than reread titles they have read in the past. We encourage parents to take an active role in helping students make good book choices. Please take into consideration each child’s reading maturity and interests.


Students do not need to complete a formal written assignment about the books, but they need to come to school in August ready to participate in assignments and activities based on the books. Students will need to bring one of the books with them to school in August.


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Apr 30
I shall attempt to read all 20 of the Georgia Children’s Book Award (Gr. 4 – 8) 2014 – 2015 nominees this year (even though, honestly, they aren’t all my ‘cup of tea’).
Who’d like to join me? Comment on this post if you are interested.  Let’s see if we can pick which book will be the state winner this year!

Books I’ve Read:

  1. One for the Murphy’s (Soooooo good, but sooooooo sad! Have tissues handy for this one. It made me ugly cry)
  2. Chomp (Funny, funny author. Same guy who brought us Hoot)
  3. Counting by Sevens (Once again, have tissues…unless you are a heartless monster, you will cry)
  4. Sarafina’s Promise (What’s with these sad books??? Very good though, makes you think about what you take for granted like school, houses, & clothes)
  5. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (I really liked this one! Very witty and fun. Loved the references to all sorts of books I’ve read. I’d love to be stuck in that library!)
  6. Rump (funny retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I like it, reminded me of Ella Enchanted. The trolls might have been my favorite.)
  7. True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp (Cross between Hoot & Tale of Desperaux. Super funny! Didn’t want to read it, but sure am glad I did.)
  8. Ungifted **Reading now**
  9. Three Times Lucky **Reading now**
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Apr 29


Apr 21

Once upon a time, a helpful media specialist took on the challenge to help a fabulous sixth grade language arts instructor teach her students about the exciting topic of types of literature in the Oral Tradition-(otherwise known as the art of storytelling).

Myths, Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, Fables, & Legends Activity

Using the link above, you will complete several tasks:

  • EVERYONE will complete Tasks #1 & #2, using the handouts provided.
  • TASK #3 is FREE CHOICE! You may choose to complete any two of the five options provided. You may use your own paper or may type your responses on Microsoft Word (If you do NOT change any of the font settings!!!) :) Make sure you put your name on your papers!


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Apr 14

The 1st day of research is always previewing the information you find.

You will NOT be taking notes or citing sources today. You may wish to bookmark your websites & articles that you find.


  • School: McClure Middle School, Kennesaw, GA
  • Username: Your lunch #
  • Password: read

Two resources to use today:

  • Opposing Viewpoints-Provides over 14,000 opposing viewpoints essays on over 5,000 topics of interest for students and researchers.
  • SweetSearch-a search engine where every web site has been evaluated by research experts.

 For tomorrow-make sure you can access your EasyBib account.

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Resources to get you started in your research:

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Mar 24

*Well, kind of social…see, we like to block social media stuff around here ;)

So, for your independent reading project, you’re going pretend that you are the main character of your book and choose a social media platform with which to pretend to share their feelings and life. Choose wisely:

social media

  • Download the template for your chosen social media format:
    • facebook1
      • Things to consider for your character: Who would their friends be? What would they ‘like’? What would their posts sound like? What pictures would they post?
    • instagram1
      • Things to consider for your character: What pictures would your character take? What type of filters would they use? Who would follow them? What would their friends comment on their pictures?
    • pinterest1
      • Things to consider for your character: What type of things would they ‘pin’? What type of boards would they create?


  • Here’s where you should get your photos:



  • You may wish to use one of these nifty sites to edit your photos & make them all instagram-y & cool:
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Mar 19

Starting today and going until we run out of suckers, you can donate $0.50 for a chance to win a Book Fair gift certificate (and get a free sucker)!cactus

Some suckers are worth a $5 Book Fair certificate, while others are just worth the sweet treat of itself. How lucky will you be?

Remember, the Book Fair begins on Monday at 8:20! We have TONS of great books for $5 or less this year!

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