6th AC Inquiry Research

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!)

Using Gale in Context: Global Issues

Using Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

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.

FREE Digital Resources Across Subjects

I have been truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of learning materials made available during this unprecedented time. CCSD Library Media Specialists have been diligently culling resources to support learning growth in what is now a 100% digital classroom. Check out Library Media Education’s Digital Learning Days page for links to an abundance of storytimes and read alouds,  ebooks and audiobooks, Virtual Tours and Live Cams, STEAM and Social Emotional Well-Being resources and SO much more. Email me if I can help support you: Erin.Baker@cobbk12.org

 

*Disclaimer: By accessing the suggested links, you will be leaving the Cobb County School District web site. Reasonable care has been taken in reviewing these links. However, CCSD is not responsible for the content of these sites nor should the link provided be considered an endorsement of the site and/or the companies represented. Parental discretion is recommended.

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!

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!

 

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.

Learning Targets

December in the Durham Library

December was quite a bustling month filled with an abundance of learning and festivity. The Library was decked out and full of holiday spirit. Seasonal books were on display, and students even visited for fireside readings with Mrs. Baker as well as double-entry journal lessons featuring picture books. For the first time, the Library hosted a December Scholastic Book Fair and students were able to stockpile books in preparation for the annual Season’s Readings Challenge with the promise of an impending celebration upon their return in January. Check out the month’s highlights in the featured infographic below.

Double-Entry Journals: The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

Hi Kiddos! It’s time to hit the books and to make personal connections with the text using a strategy called the Double-Entry Journal. We will be reading the picture book The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca.

Here’s a preview of the book:

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures 

Here’s what we need to know about using the strategy of a Double-Entry Journal. (Mrs. Baker will guide you through this resource.) 

We will be using a Double-Entry Journal to evaluate the text of The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

Works Cited

Time, Sami & Amro Reading. “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin | READ ALOUD PICTURE BOOK |.” YouTube, YouTube, 15 Oct. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPj0SaapJMs&t=15s.