Tales of Great Books: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

In honor of “The Master of Horror,” Edgar Allan Poe, the media center is collaborating with Reading and Language Arts teachers to help students better understand the impact Poe’s body of work (Do you know his writing spans a variety of genres?) has had on American Literature. Use Mrs. Baker’s Edgar Allan Poe Video Guide while viewing Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe , with an introduction by Mrs. Baker, to assist in your understanding of the major points within the video segment.

Teachers may also wish to utilize Great Books Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Teacher’s Guide provided by Georgia Public Broadcasting to help lead students through their individualized, grade level appropriate standards.

Also, be sure to take advantage of the myriad print and digital resources on Poe that are available in Durham’s Media Center. Many are currently featured on the “Spooky Books” display, but be sure to search Poe in Destiny to see all the super cool items available for check out.

 

Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Discovery Education, 2003 . Full Video.
Discovery Education. Web. 27 October 2014. <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>.

Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 23 Oct 2014.
http://quest.eb.com/#/search/134_1738103/1/134_1738103/cite

WANT MORE POE? Check out Thinkport for an abundance of awesome Poe resources including lesson plans, engaging activities, poetry readings, online field trips and so much more! Under “Interactive Media” click on “Knowing Poe,” or simply search “Poe” in the search box. Be sure to have plenty of time set aside to peruse this resource. You will get sucked in!

MLA Citations with Mrs. Baker

 Back 7th Grade Reading Students!

Mrs. Baker is here with some guidance as you begin your analysis of Ben Mikaelsen’s novel Touching Spirit Bear.  We will be using the resources linked here to guide our learning. Careful note-taking using the Guide to Accompany Mrs. Baker’s Powerpoint is especially important because there are helpful tips and relevant examples that will serve you as you write journal entries throughout the novel study.  Here’s the presentation with all the information you need: Citing Textual Evidence Using MLA Format . REMEMBER! Mrs. Baker is a resource to guide you through your learning as well, so swing by the media center in the mornings if you find yourself needing additional support.

NOW LET’S REVIEW!

Mrs. Baker will share the class code!

Discovering Our Destiny!

Hey Kiddos! Welcome back for your second classroom visit to the DMC this school year! This time we are learning about our slightly new, and very much improved, online catalog–Destiny Discover! Today’s lesson will serve to highlight some of the awesome features available to you. Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb will be guiding you through accessing and logging into Destiny Discover so that you can personalize your profile. You will then access the main menu to verify your checkouts, place holds on materials, add resources to favorites lists and even create collections. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to renew and/or checkout materials. Here’s the brief student video, Using Destiny Discover-Students, we will be utilizing to guide our learning. Off we go . . .

7th Grade Media Center Orientation

Welcome Back to the Media Center!

Seventh grade classes are visiting the media center along with their Reading classes for a review of the behavior expectations, policies, and procedures. In collaborative groups, students will visit stations to complete specific learning targets. Media specialist Mrs. Baker, along with the help of Durham reading teachers, will help guide students during their visit.

7th Grade Media Center Orientation

At STATION 7, be sure to check out the Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System video:

 

Works Cited: “Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System.” YouTube, YouTube, 21 Sept. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?     v=9bV_sI8XQdI&index=2&list=PL8VBzOAcGweK1Kv7x8HWyUbCVAuQVAT92. Accessed 9 Aug. 2017.

 

Breakout EDU Mania at Durham

Since the fall of the 2016 school year, the Durham Media Center has been abuzz with Breakouts! Collaboration requests have come from far and wide. All grade levels and a variety of content areas including social studies, science, Spanish, reading and language arts have experienced Breakout EDU through collaborative efforts with the media center. One of the greatest challenges of being an educator is getting students to “buy into” the learning. So often it’s the teachers, rather than the students, who are excited about the topics or subjects of study. That’s not the case with Breakout EDU. This learning concept “tricks” kids into learning. Without even realizing it, students are evaluating puzzles and riddles through thinking critically, calling upon prior knowledge, looking through a variety of different lenses, working with peers, and guiding their learning in a setting where the teacher serves on the periphery rather than as the lead. Students must also persevere through frustration and change what they are doing until they figure out the “problem.” Breakout EDU has been an amazing experience at Durham this school year. Here’s a culmination of the awesomely innovative learning experiences Durham Middle students and staff have had through Breakout EDU.

Students across grade levels and subject areas learned through Breakout EDU.

Students reflect upon their Breakout learning experience.

Extended Resources for Fever 1793 and Terrible Typhoid Mary

Hey 7th graders! I’ve created an awesome list of extended print resources for you to check out while you are studying either Anderson’s Fever 1793 or Bartoletti’s Terrible Typhoid Mary. Hopefully these novels have piqued your interests and have you wanting to learn more. Your media center is always here to help!

Extended Print Resources

Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

So . . . 7th grade Reading teacher Mrs. Stahler is trying to take over the world and send all the kids to boarding school. Will her students be able to stop her? Media staff, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb worked with Mrs. Stahler to ready the media center for this unique Breakout experience. The students worked through a variety of puzzles to unlock boxes that ultimately open the suitcase Mrs. Stahler had been dragging behind her for over a week. What do you think was inside? Here are some snapshots of the learning fun.

Mrs. Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

The Raven with Mrs. Baker

The Raven Nevermore on Pallas Athena Bust Statue

Welcome to Mrs. Slades’ 1st and 7th Periods!

It’s my favorite day of the year . . . Halloween! There is no more perfect time to study Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” To add to the spooky atmosphere, let’s watch this visual recitation of “The Raven” read by Christopher Lee and utilize my Raven Reading Guide to make certain we do not miss a single spooky detail. After we analyze the poem, let’s talk about what determines the tone and mood of the work. To better understand Mood and Tone we will be utilizing several different resources including BrainPOP’s movie on Mood and Tone and this Mood vs. Tone graphic organizer.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: In poetry, how is mood and tone established?

Story Maps with Mrs. Baker and Ms. Poteat

Welcome to Ms. Poteat’s and Mrs. Connaughton’s Read 180 Students!

Wednesday, 10/13/16

We are going to have fun with some picture books! Our focus is on summarizing. We will begin by watching  The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs as told by Jon Scieszka Illustrated by Lane Smith together. Then we will read the story together and will respond to the literature using Story Overview of the The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. We will highlight key words within the questions to help us focus on the most important details. Then we will direct our attention to the plot summary using the graphic organizer “How to Write a Plot Summary: Someone/Wanted/So/But/Finally.” (Mrs. Baker will share the graphic organizer in class.)

Thursday, 10/14/16

On Wednesday, Mrs. Baker led you through an analysis of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. Today we will follow the same steps of story analysis and plot summary with Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish, but you will respond to the Story Overview and completing the “How to Write a Plot Summary: Someone/Wanted/So/But/Finally” independently. We will begin the process by viewing The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

 

You will be able to respond to the following ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS at the conclusion of our study:

How do I summarize a story?

How do the elements of a story come together to determine a story’s theme?