About durhammediacenter

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.

8th Grade Art Research

Hey 8th graders! Mrs. Baker’s here to give you a little guidance and direction as you learn about what inspired some of the most influential artists to create their work. Using Cobb Digital Library’s Biography in Context, locate the following information about each artist:

  1. Name

  2. Birth location and residence

  3. Life before they were famous

  4. Education

  5. Art style

  6. Preferred medium

  7. Impact on the art world

Using a presentation format like PowerPoint or Sway, present the above information.

Mrs. Gaut will pick up with the next phase of the project.

February in the LLC

Holy Moly! February 2020 was a CRAZY busy month in the Durham Library Learning Commons! The Library led the charge of two really special reading events in February–World Read Aloud Day on February 5th and an early celebration of Read Across America in partnership with Frey Elementary. Check out details of those happenings on their respective blog posts below. Lots of valuable instruction took place in the LLC as well; Mrs. Baker taught alongside 6th Social Studies and 7th ELA teachers with concentration on research in Cobb Digital Library that culminated in student essays and projects. Mrs. Baker also led training for CCSD Library Media Paraprofessionals on this year’s newly adopted Sora platform and represented Georgia educators at PAGE Day at Capitol Hill during the February break. On display in celebration of Valentine’s was the annual Blind Date with a Book where students chose lovingly wrapped books based only on the briefest of descriptions, and then took a chance on falling in love–with the story. Lastly, Durham paid a fond farewell to Library Media Paraprofessional, Tracey Webb, after 10 years of service! Mrs. Webb and her husband have moved to Florida. Her imprint on Durham, and her tireless efforts in the Library, will be remembered for years to come. Good luck, Mrs. Webb. Durham loves you! Baton down the hatches, an exciting spring is on the horizon!

Read Across America 2020

Mrs. Baker loves Read Across America

Read Across America (RAA) is here! RAA is an annual reading motivation and awareness program calling for the celebration of reading on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The National Education Association shares on their website that “[m]otivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.”  For the second year, the Durham Library connected Durham students with Frey Elementary School students grades K-2. Durham 8th grade students visited Frey each day of the week of Monday, February 24th through Friday, February 28th and read their favorite picture books to classes.

Be sure to visit the Durham Library soon to see the books and displays featured in celebration of Read Across America, and learn all about the history of this beloved event at National Education Association’s Read Across America.

Durham 8th graders read to Frey students in celebration of Read Across America.

 

 

 

 

New Books Are Here!

I am so very excited to announce that new books are on display in the Durham Library Learning Commons now! I began working on this book order in the late spring of 2019! Through many, many hours of research, and student and teacher recommendations, the largest book order to arrive in over a year is now ready for you. Come one, come all. Check out the books, Wildcats! Yay, yay, so excited! Can you tell I’m excited? –Mrs. Baker

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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.

For more complex, multi-part search topics, use the Advanced Search Feature:

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.

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