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.
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!
The Durham Media Center recently celebrated students who seized the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by awarding them with fun gift bags filled with Scholastic loot assembled by Media Specialist Mrs. Baker and student members of the Library Media Committee. The goodies were made possible because of earnings from last spring’s Scholastic Book Fair. Goody bags included a coupon for a brand new paperback book or poster of each student’s choosing from Mrs. Baker’s Scholastic book stash as well a stickers, book marks, fun erasers and pencils, and even coupons from local eateries. Here are some snapshots of the Library Crew having fun assembling the bags as well as the recipients.
Eighth grade classes are visiting the media center along with their Reading or Origins classes for a review of the media center policies and procedures. Returning Durham students will have the opportunity to see all the latest books added since the spring and to use technology, like the Simplicity Touch Panel, that they may not have utilized last school year. Students new to Durham will have the chance to see all the Durham Media Center offers to help students succeed academically. In designated groups, students will visit stations to complete specific objectives. Media specialist Mrs. Baker, Media paraprofessional Mrs. Webb, and Durham reading and origins teachers will help guide students along the way.
Complete the attached Media Center 8th Grade Orientation Guide
At Station 7, be sure to check out the NSTeens Quiz and respond to the the questions.
At Station 8, be sure to view NSTeens’ video 6 Degrees of Information and complete the corresponding questions.
Throughout May, Durham students will be guided by media specialist, Mrs. Baker and counselors, Mrs. Crandall, Mrs. Favors-Parks, and Mr. Wilson through a Digital Citizenship Museum Walk. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to control and mold their digital footprint so that it positively reflects their true character and helps them achieve long-term goals. They will also learn ways to heed caution when posting online, will review copyright and fair use laws and expectations, and will role-play and decode best practices as a youth in the digital age. As students approach a summer very likely filled with an overabundance of apps like Snapchat and Instagram, this will be a reminder from Durham to keep it safe online.
ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How will you safely navigate the digital world?
Watch the Common Sense Media and Flocabulary video, and respond to the corresponding questions in the provided packet.
“Oversharing: Think Before You Post.” Common Sense Media. Flocabulary. Web. 4 May 2016.
Watch the Common Sense Media video, and respond to the corresponding questions in the provided packet.
“Copyright and Fair Use.” Common Sense Media. Web. 4 May 2016.
Utilize the provided resources at stations 3-6 to meet the objectives outlined in the Digital Citizenship Museum Walk packet.
6th Graders Utilize the New 21st Century Classroom