Category Archives: English

Speed Dating!

Mrs. Eaton and Gibson’s classes participated in a speed dating event in the Loquacious Library. Mrs. Myers used the documents and ideas presented on Gwyneth Jones’s (also known as The Daring Librarian) blog. Mary Reilly-Clark (SEMS Library Lady) came up with the activity, and you can find the details about the activity and the documents necessary to replicate it at The Daring Library blog.

Thank you Mrs. Eaton and Mrs. Gibson for taking photos and filming! Please take a look at the video to see how the dating scene went down …

Beowulf Was Here ….

Beowulf skulked into the library …. leaving debris and loot as he battled Grendel.   You can even see Grendel’s head!

oct-18-beowulf-goblet-coins oct-18-beowulf-painting oct-18-beowulf-helmet
oct-18-beowulf-poster oct-18-beowulf-village-scene oct-18-beowulf-shield

The souvenirs you see on the shelves in the back are part of a time travelers project assigned by Mrs. Jamison.  Students created a time machine and traveled to the Anglo-Saxon period and the fictional world of Beowulf.  The items you see are items they created or gathered while traveling.

Evaluating Websites

Mrs. Myers worked with Mrs. Gibson’s Freshmen English classes on March 22nd on evaluating websites. After showing them a quick video about everything being true on the Internet (oh boy – that French model!!), she used a modified version of Kathy Schrock’s 5 W’s of Website Evaluation. Mrs. Myers also explained how students could use the Advanced search function in Google to force Google to find better sites. After that, the students and Mrs. Myers looked at a website together and used the 5 W’s to decide if the website was real or a fake website. For the final activity, students accessed a Socrative quiz that Mrs. Myers created and looked at different sites that were fake and sites that were real. We all loved the hospital site (very fake).

mar 22 socrative evaluating the website
mar 22 socrative example question
mar 22 socrative seeing if answer is correct


Mr. Ware’s English classes visited the library to learn about Banned Books. We started off by playing a Kahoot, and students learned terms like banned and challenged as well as seeing some titles that have been banned. After Kahoot, Mrs. Myers walked through a presentation showing data about banned/challenged books from the American Library Association. Students learned how to find the Banned Books category in the catalog system and checked out a book from the Banned Books display,

oct 2 banned kahoot results

Taking Notes and Finding a Book

Mrs. Layne worked with Mr. Gosnell’s health class and showed them different ways to take notes. The students first watched a humorous video in which a man takes notes on EVERYTHING. Ashley then demonstrated Cornell notes and talked about outlining and webbing.

aug 26 gosnell layne raised hand aug 26 gosnell layne webbing to take notes

Thank you to Mr. Gosnell for taking photos of Mrs. Layne working with his class.

Also, during the day, Mrs. Myers worked with Mr. Ware’s English classes to help them select a book. The students were very excited to find out that they could check out up to six titles!
aug 26 ware look what I found