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.

 

Propaganda Museum Walk

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 media center 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 representative 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 by Mrs. Baker, as you evaluate the posters.

Propaganda Museum Walk Folder 

The above allows access to the shared folder on Microsoft Office 365 and includes the primary source documents utilized via the Propaganda Museum Walk.

POST LESSON REFLECTION

Here are some images of your brains at work.

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.

Breakout EDU with 6th Social Studies

Sixth grade Social Studies students from Mrs. Bitler’s, Mr. Brink’s, and Mrs. Clark’s classes had their critical thinking skills put to the test as they worked to solve a series of puzzles leading them to the one responsible for a notorious crime. Here are the Durham Detectives hard at work in the media center.

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!

Human Body Systems

Hi 7th grade Scientists! Let’s use Cobb Digital Library to locate the BEST, most timely and relevant information on how organ systems interact to carry out life functions. Humans–and other complex multicellular organisms–have systems of organs that work together carrying out processes that keep us alive. Here’s how to get started using Cobb Digital Library to learn all about human body systems.

 

Science Databases are arranged in a group for quick access and include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All of the above resources feature content on Human Body Systems.

 

Cite Your Sources!

Use the Citation Tool features in Kid InfoBits and Research in Context.

In NetTrekker use the Copy for Citation feature. 

DK Findout and BrainPOP resources should be cited using www.citationmachine.net. Choose MLA format and follow the prompts.

 

Cobb Digital Library (CDL) Access: On-campus computers, offer a shortcut on the desktop. From home, the link to CDL is available via both the Cobb County and Durham websites as well as through the Durham Media Center blog. Students will be prompted to use their Office 365 username which follows this pattern: firstname.lastname@students.cobbk12.org. They will then use their individualized school computer password.

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.