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).
Thank you to the Unquiet Librarian for writing such detailed posts and sharing documents for conducting book tasting with classes.
I worked with two ninth grade teachers and their English classes. Both teachers bring the classes in on a regular basis to check out books and give students time in class to read silently. I used MAP scores to pull books that started slightly above the lowest level reading score. Using the score range, I used the catalog filter function to help find sports, historical fiction, romance, music, and travel books. I put them on carts, labelled them, and spread them across the back area of the media center.
When classes came, I told them they were going to taste books, and they would have five minutes to read. I made the mistake of pointing out the scale and writing response and so the first couple of groups spent more time writing than reading. I made sure to encourage later groups to JUST read and they would have time to write. Time wise, each round of tasting took about ten minutes (including asking students questions about how many loved their book or who had the best cover).
Every group except one really got into the activity. There is one group that has some very reluctant readers.
I plan to move from this to trying out the musical chairs version that the Unquiet Librarian did with her students.
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,