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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.
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.
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:
Here’s what we need to know about using the strategy of a Double-Entry Journal. (Mrs. Baker will guide you through this resource.)
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
Next students shuffled out and began connecting with texts.
Here are the steps the students used to create their poetry.
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.
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!
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?
After circling the words, you can sketch (in pencil) a picture or design that fits with the theme or images of the poem.
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.