Poe Breakout: Under the Floorboards

Through collaborative instruction with Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker and Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Dean’s and Mrs. Slade’s sixth grade AC Literature classes dove into Poe with Breakout EDU. In order to solve hidden clues, students were tasked with evaluating evidence and reading closely with a detective’s eye. Here are some images of their efforts.

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.

Welcome Back 8th Graders!

Welcome Back to the Library!

Eighth grade classes are visiting the media center along with their ELA classes for a review of the library behavior expectations, policies, and procedures.  In designated groups, students will visit stations to complete specific objectives. Media specialist Mrs. Baker, Media paraprofessional Tracey Webb, along with Durham ELA teachers, will guide students along the way. Also during their visit, students will have the opportunity to set their school computer passwords, verify their Office 365 passwords, connect to the CCSD Wireless Network, and check out materials. Yay for reading more books this year!

For all the details, check out the Library 8th Grade Orientation Guide .

 

LOOK HERE!

At STATION 8, be sure to view NSTeens’ video 6 Degrees of Information and complete the corresponding questions.

Welcome Back 7th Graders!

Welcome Back to the Media Center!

Seventh grade classes are visiting the media center along with their ELA classes for a review of the behavior expectations, policies, and procedures. Students will also have the opportunity to verify their computer and Office 365 passwords and connect to the WIFI if they are BYOD approved. In collaborative groups, students will visit stations to complete specific learning targets. Media specialist Mrs. Baker and Media paraprofessional Mrs. Webb, along with the help of Durham ELA teachers, will help guide students during their visit. Here’s the Orientation Guide you will use during today’s lesson: LLC Orientation 7th Grade 2019

 

At STATION 8, 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 12 Aug. 2019.

 

Mrs. Baker will be leading students through Station 10. If you miss it, be sure to get the info. here: 7th LLC Orientation

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.

Digital Citizenship

Read Across America Celebration

Used with permission from the NEA

Read Across America (RAA) is here! RAA is an annual reading motivation and awareness program calling for the celebration of reading on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The National Education Association shares on their website that “[m]otivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.”  This year the Durham Media Center is connecting Durham students with Frey Elementary School students grades K-2. Durham students selected through the Durham Media Center’s application process are visiting Frey on a set schedule throughout the week of Read Across America Week, Monday, February 25 – Friday, March 1 and are reading their favorite picture books.

Even if you are not reading at Frey this year, be sure to visit the media center to pick up a fun picture book to share with someone near and dear to you. You are never too old to learn something from a picture book or to enjoy story time.

Learn all about the history of this beloved event at National Education Association’s Read Across America,  and get in on the fun today!

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 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:

Research in Context

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.

Continue locating relevant articles and taking notes within them until you have sufficient evidence to support your claim.

World Read Aloud Day

The 10th Annual World Read Aloud Day is Friday, February 1, 2019

The 10th Annual World Read Aloud Day 2019 “LitWorld®.” LitWorld®, www.litworld.org/.

The Durham Media Center celebrates reading every day, but on Friday, February 1, 2019 an extra special celebration will be taking place. Students from Mrs. Dean’s, Mrs. Slade’s, Mrs. Stahler’s, Dr. Gay’s, Mrs. Gavin’s, Mrs. Hall’s, and Mrs. Hardin’s classes will be participating in First Chapter Friday where they will hear special guests including ELA teachers Mrs. Dean, Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Stahler, as well as Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker, and Durham’s Administrative Team of Principal, Dr. Alford, and Assistant Principals, Mrs. Thorpe, and Mr. Fowler read the first chapters of some of their favorite books. Students will have the opportunity to rate the books based upon their interest. On the school days that follow, students will visit the Durham Media Center to check out the titles of their choosing. This special event will expose students a variety of titles, authors, genres, and perspectives. To learn more about World Read Aloud Day and to advocate for literacy be sure to visit LitWorld and Scholastic.

* Officially registered event with LitWorld.org

Here you can find the books shared by the readers at First Chapter Friday.

They titles are also featured in the Destiny Collection First Chapter Friday.