Reading teacher Mr. Vedra and Media Specialist Mrs. Baker are partnering once again! This time they will be collaboratively teaching students how to cite textual evidence as they study Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting. At their first session, Wednesday, September 30th, students will be introduced to the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) format and will be guided through the structure utilized to show evidence from the book (text) to support written response. Mrs. Baker and Mr. Vedra will walk students through several practice examples. Any absent students should utilize the attached resources: Citing Sources in Tuck Everlasting and Corresponding Citation Guide.
The media center is celebrating the motion picture release of the second installment of James Dashner’s bestselling The Maze Runner series, The Scorch Trials,with a paperback giveaway. As students check out media center books during the movie release week, September 14th through September 18th, they receive a raffle ticket. The raffle tickets are collected throughout the week, and 20 tickets will be pulled at random after the week-long promotion. Twenty lucky winners will be announced on the morning news after our return from fall break, and those students will be able to choose their very own paperback copy of either The Maze Runner or The Scorch Trials. Good luck!
Drumroll Please . . . And the Winners are . . .
Brynii M.; Charlie K.; Clarabel K.; Colin A.; Daniel S.; Garrett W.; Jordan C.; Jordan G.; Joshua C.; Khari H.; Maggie S.; Malley H.; Molly C.; Morgan B.; Morgan W.; Riley L.; Sandy J.; Shianne M.; Trenton H.; Zack T.
*This promotional been made possible through the earnings from last spring’s Scholastic Book Fair.
Did you know that the week of September 28th – October 2nd is Banned Books Week? Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to readand the importance of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. This annual event, which originated in 1982, highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. The media center is currently spotlighting books that have been recently banned or “challenged” somewhere in the United States. To learn more about the intellectual freedoms media centers strive to support, visit yours today!
Learn more about Banned Books Week by visiting the following resources:
Students who took seized the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge were celebrated with fun gift bags filled with Scholastic loot assembled by Media Specialist Mrs. Baker and purchased with earnings from last spring’s book fair. Goody bags included a coupon for a brand new paperback book of each student’s choosing from Mrs. Baker’s secret Scholastic book stash, stickers, book marks, fun erasers and more. Mrs. Baker recognized students via a video describing their efforts and an announcement of their names on the morning news broadcast. Students who did not participate this year will have the opportunity next year. Let’s keep reading Durham, and congrats to our lucky students.
WHO: Mrs. Walker’s, Mrs. Dean’s, Mrs. Craft’s, and Mrs. Crawford’s 6th Grade Reading Classes
WHEN: September 2nd – 10th
WHAT: Will establish a Destiny Quest account so that they can:
1. Manage their “shelves.”
2. Place holds on books.
3. Access the collection’s ebooks and audiobooks.
BYOD students will be guided through the process of downloading the Destiny Quest and BryteWave apps to their devices, if they are interested in accessing ebooks and audiobooks.
Note: Students who missed this lesson, should select the “Destiny” tab above and should preview both linked videos which will assist them in utilizing Destiny Quest as well as in creating personal accounts. Students should also add books to their My Quest Shelves including “Have Read,” “Now Reading,” and “Want to Read.” For additional information and passwords for the apps, see your classroom teacher or your media specialist.