The Downstairs Girl by Erin Baker
The votes are in and the Summer Edition of Lunch Bunch is reading Stacey Lee’s The Downstairs Girl which is currently available as an audiobook with UNLIMITED checkouts via Sora’s Sweet Reads program. You can access Sora via a computer through the Cobb Digital Library or via the Sora app.
Durham students, teachers, and parents are invited to participate in weekly book discussions in a VIRTUAL format. If you are interested in joining this group, share your email address on this form, and Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker will email you the meeting link.
Hey Kiddos! I’m excited about your inquiry research process and recommend specific databases in the Cobb Digital Library to support your hunt for information. PLEASE do not dive into your research until you have reviewed the video links below and have evaluated each source. You want to be sure you use the BEST resource for your particular topic.
Gale in Context: Global Issues and Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints are produced by the same company so you use them the same way. Below are videos to show you how to perform specific tasks while researching within these two databases. (BTW, I LOVE THEM BOTH SO MUCH!)
Highlight and Take Notes within articles
Cite your source
Download your highlights and notes and send them to OneDrive
To learn the ins and outs of the research tools within Newsela, check out the Little Lesson: Open Inquiry Lesson. It takes you step-by-step through inquiry research, searching within the database, and effective note-taking.
Here’s how you Research and Find Information with Discovery Education.
If you need further guidance, Discovery Education breaks down search options in Search for Resources.
*The above links take you directly to resources created by CDL database vendors. They own all rights to the linked content.
The Durham Lunch Bunch welcomes readers to participate in lively weekly book discussions in a brand new VIRTUAL format. If you are interested in joining this group, share your email address on this form, and Mrs. Baker will email you the meeting link. This group is now reading The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling which is currently available as an audiobook with UNLIMITED checkouts via Sora’s Sweet Reads program. You can access Sora via a computer through the Cobb Digital Library or via the Sora app. Keep reading Wildcats!
Here’s the schedule:
Read chapters 1-3 by Thursday, April 23rd
Read chapters 4-10 by Thursday, April 30th
The Durham Library challenges students to read at least 20 minutes each day during digital learning days. Accept Mrs. Baker’s March Madness 2020 Reading Challenge in Biblionasium, add your books to the digital shelves, and log your minutes. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of digital content like ebooks and audiobooks. Use the resources in the Cobb Digital Library and the Sora app (computer version also available in CDL) 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 to campus. 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.
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!
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.
Look at the essay topic you have chosen.
Break down the question. Identify the key words you will use to begin the research.
Determine what information you will need in order to convince your audience to see the issue as you do.
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:
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
- Cite every source from which you take notes.
- Use the Citation Tool to generate the citation in MLA format
- 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.
Hey 8th Grade Spanish Students!
Here’s some research guidance for you as you entice tourists to visit your country. Be sure to brainstorm and consider all the things that appeal to you when you travel. It is especially important that our information be from reliable and relevant sources, so we will be using the databases to which we subscribe through the Cobb Digital Library. Let’s get started!
Getting Started on Day 1
Additional resources in Cobb Digital Library recommended for this assignment are:
For step-by-step instructions on downloading a Discovery Education Streaming video, look here.
Remember: You access Cobb Digital Library at home by using your Office 365 username and password (firstname.lastname@example.org) and your school computer password.
Finding Credible Sources:
If you use sources beyond CDL, be sure to determine their credibility and accuracy. Use Evaluating Web Sources: A 60 Second Guide to help you. Be sure to start first with these additional sources Mrs. Baker or Mrs. Fugate have vetted for you. You MUST generate citations using www.citationmachine.net for any and all sources used.
Presentation: Microsoft Sway
Introduction: What is Sway? (This video will be shared via direct instruction in class.)
How to Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather (Here is a step-by-step how to if you need additional guidance while off campus. Direct Sway instruction will be provided in class by Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker. THIS VIDEO LIKES MICROSOFT EDGE!)
Helpful Hint: If you face obstacles or have questions while creating your Sway, be sure to utilize the Help feature within Sway.
Hey 6th grade Social Studies students! Put your thinking caps on because it’s time to think critically. You are invited along a Propaganda Museum Walk in the Digital Age Classroom where you will find groupings of World War II Propaganda borrowed from Cobb Digital Library’s Britannica Image Quest. Evaluate the examples identifying the tone and the representation of the subjects. Utilizing your understandings from the DBQ process, determine what the documents say, what they mean, and why they matter. Utilize your group members to facilitate discussion and evaluation of the primary source documents provided.
Use the Propaganda Museum Walk Guide, provided to you, as you evaluate the posters.
The above allows access to the shared folder on Microsoft Office 365 and includes the primary source documents utilized via the Propaganda Museum Walk.
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