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

Book Fair Thanks!

The Scholastic cases have been packed and sent back to the warehouse, the online sales have closed, and the numbers have been crunched. Our annual Scholastic Book Fair was a success! Sales totaled $3,541.75 earning $1,770.88 in Scholastic Dollars which will be used to purchase Scholastic inventory for Library Media programs, projects, and resources. More importantly, though, the Scholastic Book Fair incites excitement about reading , and there is no other skill that has the power to impact people more than learning to successfully read.  Special thanks to the Book Crew students who assisted in managing this event as well as to the Durham teachers, administrators, and PTA who advertised, shopped at, and helped with the fair, and of course, to the students and families who shopped. Read on Wildcats!

Season’s Reading Challenge 2019

Do you know you have 408 hours of holiday break to look forward to? What will you possibly do with all of that time? Travel, eat, sleep, watch movies, wrap and unwrap gifts, cuddle with your pets, sing songs, binge-watch YouTube videos and hone your gaming skills?  How about adding reading to that “to do” list? Over the holiday break, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb are challenging Durham Wildcats to read at least 20 minutes each day. Twenty minutes a day will total 340 mins or only 5.6 hours of your 408 hours of hustle and bustle. Grab a magazine, a newspaper, a comic book, a novel, or a nonfiction book, a recipe, pretty much anything with words, and celebrate the JOY of READING this season.

The challenge starts Friday, December 20th at 4:15 pm and ends Sunday, January 5th at 11:59pm.

 Students who complete the challenge will be celebrated with a special treat upon return to school in January.

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.

If for some reason, you can’t get logged in, handwritten reading logs will be accepted Monday, January 6th.

For further guidance, email Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is here just in time for the holidays. Stock up on gifts for all the special people in your life and support the Durham Library Learning Commons Program at the same time!

Hours of Operation:

Monday, December 9th – Thursday, December 12th 

Mon.-Wed. 8:30 a.m. -3:45 p.m.

Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

The Online Scholastic Book Fair is Now Open! Sunday, December 1 – Saturday, December 14.

 

Shop cash free by setting up an eWallet account and designating funds for your child to use at the fair. Check out the details here.

 

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.

September in the Durham Library

Oh what a month it has been! September was fast and furious in the Durham Library as the 2019-20 school year picked up steam. Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb hosted Book Tasting with Mrs. Slade’s 6th grade ELA classes. Mrs. Baker taught collaboratively alongside Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Dean as 6th graders created Blackout Poems and wrote Inner Dialogues about their experience. Also, the library staff  hosted class book checkout and supported research lessons across grades and subject areas.

Check out some of the fun from the Book Tasting:

We Read Banned Books!

Throughout the month of September, the Durham Library celebrates Banned Books! This year Banned Books Week is September 22nd- 28th which happens to coincide with Fall Break. What a perfect time to celebrate the freedom of reading! Originating in 1982, this annual event, brings to light the importance of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press by highlighting the benefits of free and open access to information and drawing attention to the harms of censorship. During September the Library is spotlighting books that have been recently banned or “challenged” somewhere in the United States. To learn more about the intellectual freedoms libraries strive to support, visit yours today!

Learn more about Banned Books Week by visiting the following resources:

American Library Association

Banned Books Week

The Durham Library celebrates free and open access to information.

Fall 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. And new this year, is Sora! Download the app today for access to digital content from the Durham Library as well as the Cobb County Public Library–all from the same app. 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.

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.