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!

Extended Resources for Fever 1793 and Terrible Typhoid Mary

Hey 7th graders! I’ve created an awesome list of extended print resources for you to check out while you are studying either Anderson’s Fever 1793 or Bartoletti’s Terrible Typhoid Mary. Hopefully these novels have piqued your interests and have you wanting to learn more. Your media center is always here to help!

Extended Print Resources

Religion with Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker Take II

Welcome Back to Mr. Vedra’s 7th period Social Studies Students!

Today we are continuing on our path to understanding the basics of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. You will be paired up as you visit 3 stations. In each station utilize the printed and digital resources available to learn more about each religion.

 

STATION 1: ISLAM

Read Susan Douglass’ article “What is Islam?” from Kids InfoBits in Cobb Digital Library, and complete the What is Islam? Guiding Questions.

STATION 2: CHRISTIANITY

View the Birthplace of Three Religions using the Christianity Cloze Notes as a guide for extracting the most important information. Finally complete the Christianity Exit Ticket (see Mrs. Baker or Mr. Vedra for this) before leaving.

STATION 3: JUDAISM

Watch Judaism 101: Religions in Global History* from Hip Hughes History and complete the accompanying Video Guide. 

*This video is linked from YouTube and student access is limited while on campus. Mrs. Baker will assist with on campus access.

Religion with Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker

Wednesday, October 5th

Welcome Mr. Vedra’s 7th period!

Today Mrs. Baker will guide you to accessing BrainPOP in Cobb Digital Library for viewing of The Mysteries of Life with Tim and Moby movie. Mrs. Baker will then assist you in answering questions about religion utilizing the Understanding Religion with BrainPOP handout. This video provides a brief summary of 3 religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Then you will have the opportunity to independently view the same video clip to complete a 4W’s + H Chart for each of the 3 religions being studied.

Finally be sure to complete the Exit Ticket before leaving!

I’ll see you tomorrow as well for review of today’s objectives.

The Hunt for Sasquatch

Sasquatch

You are going on a hunt in the Durham Media Center . . . for Sasquatch. With Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker as your guides, you will visit 5 stations within the media center to complete a variety of activities helping you determine the validity of the Sasquatch.

 

STATION 1: Hunt for Sasquatch

Read Christopher L. Murphy’s article, “Do Sasquatch Really Exist?” via the Simplicity Touch panel and list nine pieces of convincing evidence of Sasquatch’s existence as presented in the article.

STATION 2: Roland Smith and Bigfoot

Visit the Destiny station to find your objective.

STATION 3: “Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know”

At the multimedia table, watch the video clip and respond to the questions on the provided viewing guide.

STATION 4: Vocabulary Puzzles

Visit this station to locate the puzzles featuring important vocabulary from Roland Smith’s novel Sasquatch.

STATION 5: True or False

Visit this station to locate the True/False questions. Be sure you use the textual evidence in Roland Smith’s Sasquatch to determine your answers.

Image Citation

Mythical large ape. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 4 May 2016. http://quest.eb.com/search/132_1321718/1/132_1321718/cite

 

Mr. Vedra's Reading Class Goes on a Hunt for Sasquatch

Mr. Vedra, Mrs. Slade & Mrs. Baker lead students on a Hunt for Sasquatch

6th Grade Social Studies Hunger Games Project

Hey Mrs. Bitler’s and Mrs. Wishon’s Social Studies Students!

You guys are about to make the coolest, most mind-blowing parallels between Suzanne Collin’s dystopian novel The Hunger Games and what you have learned in your Social Studies classes this year. I want to help you navigate Cobb Digital Library, so I’ve created an awesome 6th SS Hunger Games District Pathfinder to guide you to the databases that will be the best fit your particular standard(s). All other assignment details are shared on your teachers’ classroom blogs, but remember that your media specialist, Mrs. Baker, knows a little something too, and would love to “speak literature” with you. Stop by anytime!

The Hunger Games Image borrowed from Google images.

6th Grade Social Studies: Latin America Pathfinder

Calling All Experts! The switch has been flipped, and you are the teacher! Now that you have had the opportunity to brainstorm a list of questions to guide your research process, let’s dive in. Utilize the Latin America Pathfinder to help you get started in Cobb Digital Library. After you have exhausted these suggestions, you are welcome to further expand your research but use this guide first. Let’s do this!

Calling All Expert Groups!

6th grade students collaborate in their expert groups to plan their project goals.

6th grade students collaborate in their expert groups to plan their project goals.

Students utilize the media center computers as they implement technology into their project plans.

Students utilize the media center computers as they implement technology into their project plans.

8th Grade Origins: Francophones Research

Hey Origins Peeps!

I’ve researched all of the persons on your Francophones list and have found the perfect resource for you in Cobb Digital Library. It’s Biography in Context! It is a database specializing in biographies, and it offers the best tools to assist you with meeting the goals of your project including access to a dictionary, highlighting, citation tools, audio and so much more. I’ve created a step-by-step guide to walk you through every detail of using the database: Francophones Pathfinder. Be sure to take advantage of this helpful guide which even includes a video to explain how you utilize the database, as well as suggestions for additional images searches.

Support for your Argument: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Need support for your argument? Then Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the source for you! Mrs. Dean’s and Mrs. Miller’s 6th grade Reading students recently had the opportunity to partner with Mrs. Baker as they researched support for their claims regarding current issues of their choosing. Students were guided through utilizing this Cobb Digital Library database, but anyone can be advised of the basics by checking out the Opposing Viewpoints in Context Pathfinder. Need more help? Swing by the media center for a one-on-one consult with your media specialist, Mrs. Baker.

 

7th Social Studies: Important Events and People

Mrs. Danowski’s and Ms. Huffman’s 7th Grade Social Studies classes and the media center are partnering to extend students’ understanding of significant people and events studied this school year. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker will be guiding students through their research via the following has created a Glogster Pathfinder to guide students, through the research process.

In addition to the 7th grade Social Studies standards covered via the lesson content, the following ISTE Standards and Standards for the 21st Century Learner are also covered per Mrs. Baker’s contribution to the unit.

ISTE Standards: 1. a, b.; 2. b; 3. b, c.; 4. d; 5; 6 a., b., c., d.

Standards for the 21st Century Learner:  1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.1.8; 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.2.6, 1.2.7; 1.3.1, 1.3.3, 1.3.5; 1.4.4; 2.1.1., 2.1.2., 2.1.3., 2.1.4., 2.2.1., 2.2.4., 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.6; 3.2.1