Blackout Poetry

Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker and 6th grade teachers Mrs. Dean and Mrs. Slade recently led 6th grade AC ELA through the creation of Blackout Poetry!  Students chose pages that spoke to them from stacks of discarded paperbacks. The books were far past their prime and were actually on their way to the dumpster, but new life was found!

Here’s the prep:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instruction was provided that included examples of Blackout Poetry some of which were from McEachern High School’s Advanced Content Art Class! Thanks to Media Specialist, Mrs.  Buckert for connecting Durham with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of Blackout Poetry from McEachern High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next students shuffled out and began connecting with texts.

Here are the steps the students used to create their poetry.

Step 1
Gather the interesting words. 
Scan the page looking for words and phrases that jump out at you. BE PATIENT! This is the most challenging yet most important step. 

Circle those words lightly in pencil.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2
Determine what words to keep. 
Read through your list of circled words to see if you have a poem forming.  

Remember, we read from top to bottom and left to right, so the words need to be in that order.
Decide if you want to eliminate or add words. Do that now!  

 

Step 3
Refine word choice. 
Write your poem out (on notebook paper) and read it aloud to yourself to make sure it makes sense. 

Decide what you want the reader to understand or feel after having read their poem? 

 

Step 4
After circling the words, you can sketch (in pencil) a picture or design that fits with the theme or images of the poem. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5
Use a sharpie or flair pen to outline. 
Then, erase all the pencil marks.

Use markers, colored pencils, crayons, to complete your blackout poem. 

 

The final results are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Here are just a few of them:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Blackout Poetry, the students reflected on their experience by writing inner dialogues.

Discover Your Destiny

Hey Kiddos! Welcome back for your second classroom visit to the DMC this school year! This time we are learning about our 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.

6th Grade Media Center Orientation

Sixth grade students are visiting the LLC for the first time this week with their ELA teachers. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker and Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb will introduce 6th graders to the LLC and will share the ins and outs of using the Library spaces and resources.  Students will also search the library collection utilizing the online catalog, Destiny and will then locate and check out books of interest to them.  Any students from Mrs. Dean’s, Mrs. Slade’s, Mrs. Crook’s, and Mrs. Hall’s ELA classes who miss this exciting event should view the Library Orientation Presentation and complete the accompanying Library Orientation Guide.

Public Library Partnership

In partnership with CCSD’s Department of Library Media, Local Public Library Librarians Mrs. Jennifer Wells and Mrs. Angie Bozeman recently visited 6th graders for a preview of resources, programs, and events available to them. The public library offers extensive Summer Learning. Be sure to check out www.cobbcat.org for all the awesomeness that’s just up the road. CCSD students have access to materials using their PASS account which consist of their student number and their four-digit birth month and date.  Mrs. Baker hopes to see you there over the summer, and don’t forget the Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party!

New Books for Spring

Swing by the DMC to see the newest titles available for check out! If you are unable to visit, ebooks and audiobooks are a 24/7 option via Destiny, and there are lots of digital resources in Cobb Digital Library as well. There’s something for everybody!

Spring Break Reading Challenge

The Durham Media Center challenges you to read at least 20 minutes each day of spring break for a total of 180 minutes. Log your minutes in Biblionasium*.

If you need something good to read, be sure to visit the public library. Use your Library Pass to download ebooks or magazines from the Cobb County Public Library website. Durham Media Center’s online catalog Destiny is also available 24/7 and provides access to ebooks and audiobooks. It doesn’t stop there, Cobb Digital Library’s databases eBooks on EBSCOhost, Teen Book Cloud, and TumblePremium also provide digital resources. Check them out, and start reading now!

*To access Biblionasium, go to Destiny, choose the menu (the 3 lines) in the upper left-hand corner, and select Biblionasium. For access, you must login with the same login you use to get on the school computer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Log into the Cobb Digital Library (see link in the post above) for access to digital content.

PEEPS Takeover

Peeps Take Over!

PEEPS have taken over the Durham Media Center! Identify all of the books taken hostage by the PEEPS and be entered into a drawing for super awesome Library Loot to be awarded after Spring Break! Also, be sure to check out something to read over the break. Students who log at least 20 minutes of reading each day for a total of 180 minutes will be treated to something extra special. Hurry to the DMC soon because the PEEPS will only be out and about Wed. March 27 – Fri. March 29, Wildcats.