Holiday Break Reading Challenge

Are you up for the challenge? Over the Holiday break, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb challenge Durham Wildcats to read at least 20 minutes each day. Grab a magazine, a newspaper, a comic book, a novel, or a nonfiction book, and learn a little something new in between all that binge-gaming and YouTube viewing.

The challenge starts Friday, December 21st at 4:15 pm and ends Sunday, January 6th 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 table or phone).

Note: Biblionasium logins are the same as school computer logins. 

If for some reason, you can’t get logged in, handwritten reading logs will be accepted Monday, January 7th.

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

Happy Season’s Readings from Mrs. Baker!

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 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.

POST LESSON REFLECTION:

Okay, kiddos. I’ve read all of your connections and have provided feedback on your papers. Here are a few reminders about using double-entry journals to help you better understand texts.

QUOTATIONS

Quotations must be copied exactly as they are in the text. After copying them down, double check their accuracy. Put quotation marks around the quotes.

CONNECTIONS

Connect SPECIFIC stories, texts, and experiences to the meaningful quotes you have selected.

Avoid generalizations. For example, the following is a generalization: “Temple Grandin is bullied and lots of people are too.” If you wish to make a connection, identify a specific story of someone who has been bullied. To make a connection to the world, the inclusion of statistics regarding bullying is necessary.

Be sure to dig deep to make meaningful connections. “Temple Grandin loses her temper, and so do I” does not provide a deep, meaningful connection. Instead, share a story of a particular time when you lost your temper or consider describing triggers that contribute to you losing your cool.

Identify whether your connection is Text to World (T-W), Text to Self (T-S), or Text to Text (T-T)

Lastly, correct grammar usage is always important. Read and reread your responses to check for proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

New Books are Here!

New books are continually added to the Durham Media Center with boxes arriving via book subscriptions every month, but the newest batch of 140 books is slightly different. Students were asked to “Tell [us] what you want, what you really, really want,” and they did just that. Many of the titles purchased were student recommendations. Thanks to those of you who help us fill the media center with books you want to read about things you love and want to know more about. During this season of thanks and giving, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb are thankful for our wonderful school, our beautiful media center, books–old and new, and the students and teachers who read them.

Halloween Fun

There has been much Halloween fun in the Durham Media Center throughout the month of October the pinnacle of which is Spooky Books Trivia during Halloween week. Each day Mrs. Baker will feature a trivia question based upon one of the spooky books on display. Students who wish to participate should send their best guesses to the media center. From all the correct answers submitted, Mrs. Baker will randomly draw several winners who choose a brand new paperback book from her secret stash. May the odds be every in your favor Wildcats! 

Tales of Great Books: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

In honor of “The Master of Horror,” Edgar Allan Poe, the media center is collaborating with Reading and Language Arts teachers to help students better understand the impact Poe’s body of work (Do you know his writing spans a variety of genres?) has had on American Literature. Use Mrs. Baker’s Edgar Allan Poe Video Guide while viewing Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe , with an introduction by Mrs. Baker, to assist in your understanding of the major points within the video segment.

Teachers may also wish to utilize Great Books Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Teacher’s Guide provided by Georgia Public Broadcasting to help lead students through their individualized, grade level appropriate standards.

Also, be sure to take advantage of the myriad print and digital resources on Poe that are available in Durham’s Media Center. Many are currently featured on the “Spooky Books” display, but be sure to search Poe in Destiny to see all the super cool items available for check out.

 

Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Discovery Education, 2003 . Full Video.
Discovery Education. Web. 27 October 2014. <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>.

Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 23 Oct 2014.
http://quest.eb.com/#/search/134_1738103/1/134_1738103/cite

WANT MORE POE? Check out Thinkport for an abundance of awesome Poe resources including lesson plans, engaging activities, poetry readings, online field trips and so much more! Under “Interactive Media” click on “Knowing Poe,” or simply search “Poe” in the search box. Be sure to have plenty of time set aside to peruse this resource. You will get sucked in!

Biographies: Famous Immigrants

Hi to Mrs. Slades’ READ 180 students! Are you ready to dive into your biography project? I’m here to help you do just that and have created a  Collection in Destiny Discover titled Famous Immigrants to help you get started. If you already have a subject in mind, search for him or her in Destiny to see if our media center offers resources you can use. Be sure to write down the call number of your book before you head out in search of it.

 

 

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. Off we go . . .

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your Destiny Discover log-in is the same as your school computer log-in.

8th Grade

Welcome Back to the Media Center!

Eighth grade classes are visiting the media center along with their ELA classes for a review of the media center 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 check out materials. Yay for reading more books this year!

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

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