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Durham Middle School Media Specialist Mrs. Erin Baker has worked as the MS at Durham for seven years. She previously taught English at McEachern High School followed by Harrison High School both also in the Cobb County School District.

February Break 2020 Reading Challenge

This image borrowed with permission from Scholastic.

The Durham Library challenges students to read at least 20 minutes each day of the mid-winter break for a total of 180 minutes. Accept Mrs. Baker’s February Break 2020 Reading Challenge in Biblionasium, add your books to the digital shelves, and log your minutes. The break is also a great time to take advantage of digital content like ebooks and audiobooks. Use the resources in the Cobb Digital Library and the Sora app which even includes digital content from the Cobb County Public Library. Mrs. Baker will celebrate those who complete the challenge with a special treat once we return from holiday. Happy reading Wildcats!

Log your books in Biblionasium (via Cobb Digital Library on a computer or the MackinVIA APP on a tablet or phone).

Note: Biblionasium logins are the same as school computer logins. 

Here are step-by-step directions if you need additional help logging in: BIBLIONASIUM LOGGING IN.

7th ELA Argumentative Research

Okay, kids. Here’s the chance for your voices to be heard. Have an opinion? Let’s find out how to convince others to see issues just as we do by using research to support our perspectives. You have chosen an argumentative essay topic from the provided list. Here’s what you will need to do before starting the research.

  1. Look at the essay topic you have chosen.

  2. Break down the question. Identify the key words you will use to begin the research.

  3. Determine what information you will need in order to convince your audience to see the issue as you do.

  4. Use the ACADEMIC databases in the Cobb Digital Library (CDL) to support your claim.

And off we go . . .

The BEST CDL databases for this assignment are:

Gale in Context Middle School

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

 

 

Here are the steps to search within these databases:

Step 1: Adding to Favorites

Step 2: Basic Searches

 

Step 3: Highlighting and Notetaking

Step 4: Using the Citation Tool

Citing Sources:

  1. Cite every source from which you take notes.
  2. Use the Citation Tool to generate the citation in MLA format
  3. Copy and paste each citation into a Word document in Office 365. This information will be necessary for creating the Works Cited.

Continue locating relevant articles and taking notes within them until you have sufficient evidence to support your claim.

Sixth Social Studies: Canada and Australia Case Studies

Hey AC Sixth Graders! You are diving into case studies of Canada and Australia to determine how where you live affects how you live, and I’m excited to be your Cobb Digital Library guide. There are many Cobb Digital Library databases that will support research of countries. I recommend beginning with CultureGrams because it offers succinct information about the country’s background, people, customs & courtesies, lifestyle, and society. After you have built a foundation of understanding about your country, access additional databases to deepen your understanding. Remember to research with a sense of inquiry. What information interests and incites your curiosity? You’ve got this!

 

It’s Time for a Blind Date . . . with a Book!

Coming Valentine’s Week!

There are no awkward questions, no forced conversation, no judgmental looks, no need to call. Just have a blind date with a book! Sure, it might turn out to be a dud, or it could be the diamond in the rough you wouldn’t have given a chance otherwise.

“Blind Date with a Book” is like going on a date without knowing who will show up ; check a book out without knowing its title. Each book has been carefully selected and lovingly wrapped by either Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Webb or students from the Library Media Committee and features a description and genre tags. This is how it works:

1. Read the description label on the front of a package.
2. Select the one you will take home.
3. Check out item at the circulation desk.
4. After check out, unwrap and see what book you have chosen.
5. Fall in love with your book.

There’s no knowing until you check it out . . . Stop by soon to find your special match.

World Read Aloud Day, February 5, 2020

The Durham Library celebrates reading every day, but on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, an extra special celebration will be taking place. Students from Mrs. Dean’s, Mrs. Slade’s, Mrs. Crook’s, Mrs. Gavin’s, Mrs. Hall’s, and Mrs. Hardin’s classes will be hearing readings of first book chapters of books from special guests including Durham teachers Mrs. Dean, Mrs. Slade, Mrs. Crook, Ms. Mullholland, Mrs. Zwolle, Ms. Garcia-Arrese, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Dillard and Mr. Brink  as well as Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker, Library Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb and Durham’s Administrative Team of Principal, Dr. Andy Bristow, and Assistant Principals, Mrs. Thorpe, and Mr. Fowler. Students will have the opportunity to rate the books based upon their interest. On the school days that follow, students will visit the Durham Library to check out the titles of their choosing. This special event will expose students to a variety of titles, authors, genres, and perspectives. To learn more about World Read Aloud Day and to advocate for literacy be sure to visit LitWorld and Scholastic.

* Officially registered event with LitWorld.org

Here you can find the books shared by the readers at First Chapter Friday.

They titles are also featured in the Destiny Collection First Chapter Friday.

Sora & Destiny

Welcome to Sora!

 

Mrs. Pettit’s, Mrs. Ragland’s, and Mrs. Salter’s eighth grade ELA students are getting a lesson from Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb on finding “just right books”using the Sora app which syncs digital content including ebooks and audiobooks from CCSD, Durham, and the Cobb County Public Library! Students will also utilize Collections in Destiny including “Mrs. Baker Recommends” and “Lexile 1000+” for guidance in choosing books they will enjoy. Lastly, the Dynamic duo of Baker and Webb will highlight books through Book Talks. For all the details, check out Mrs. Baker’s Sora and Destiny presentation and for support onboarding with Sora, be sure to check out the Sora Login Screenshots.

Learning Targets

December in the Durham Library

December was quite a bustling month filled with an abundance of learning and festivity. The Library was decked out and full of holiday spirit. Seasonal books were on display, and students even visited for fireside readings with Mrs. Baker as well as double-entry journal lessons featuring picture books. For the first time, the Library hosted a December Scholastic Book Fair and students were able to stockpile books in preparation for the annual Season’s Readings Challenge with the promise of an impending celebration upon their return in January. Check out the month’s highlights in the featured infographic below.

Book Fair Thanks!

The Scholastic cases have been packed and sent back to the warehouse, the online sales have closed, and the numbers have been crunched. Our annual Scholastic Book Fair was a success! Sales totaled $3,541.75 earning $1,770.88 in Scholastic Dollars which will be used to purchase Scholastic inventory for Library Media programs, projects, and resources. More importantly, though, the Scholastic Book Fair incites excitement about reading , and there is no other skill that has the power to impact people more than learning to successfully read.  Special thanks to the Book Crew students who assisted in managing this event as well as to the Durham teachers, administrators, and PTA who advertised, shopped at, and helped with the fair, and of course, to the students and families who shopped. Read on Wildcats!

Season’s Reading Challenge 2019

Do you know you have 408 hours of holiday break to look forward to? What will you possibly do with all of that time? Travel, eat, sleep, watch movies, wrap and unwrap gifts, cuddle with your pets, sing songs, binge-watch YouTube videos and hone your gaming skills?  How about adding reading to that “to do” list? Over the holiday break, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb are challenging Durham Wildcats to read at least 20 minutes each day. Twenty minutes a day will total 340 mins or only 5.6 hours of your 408 hours of hustle and bustle. Grab a magazine, a newspaper, a comic book, a novel, or a nonfiction book, a recipe, pretty much anything with words, and celebrate the JOY of READING this season.

The challenge starts Friday, December 20th at 4:15 pm and ends Sunday, January 5th at 11:59pm.

 Students who complete the challenge will be celebrated with a special treat upon return to school in January.

Log your books in Biblionasium (via Cobb Digital Library on a computer or the MackinVIA APP on a tablet or phone).

Note: Biblionasium logins are the same as school computer logins. 

Here are step-by-step directions if you need additional help logging in: BIBLIONASIUM LOGGING IN.

If for some reason, you can’t get logged in, handwritten reading logs will be accepted Monday, January 6th.

For further guidance, email Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is here just in time for the holidays. Stock up on gifts for all the special people in your life and support the Durham Library Learning Commons Program at the same time!

Hours of Operation:

Monday, December 9th – Thursday, December 12th 

Mon.-Wed. 8:30 a.m. -3:45 p.m.

Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

The Online Scholastic Book Fair is Now Open! Sunday, December 1 – Saturday, December 14.

 

Shop cash free by setting up an eWallet account and designating funds for your child to use at the fair. Check out the details here.