LEE HS Library

March 2021

LEE High School Library & Hybrid Instruction

Welcome to the March newsletter! Please read to learn more about the programming and resources offered by the LEE Library. Highlights include:

  1. Time to turn in books
  2. Teens and media literacy: steps all educators can take to empower students
  3. Reading promotions for in-person and virtual students
  4. Library resources (BrainPop) for virtual instruction

Please Return Library Books

While we will continue to checkout books for the next few weeks, we ask that ALL LEE & ISA Seniors return LEE Library books as soon as possible. Virtual students (ALL GRADES) are encouraged to return books during the EOC testing days. Not sure how or where to return books? Follow these steps to turn in books:

  1. In-person students: return books in front of the main entrance of the library any time of the day. Look for the box marked with "book return."
  2. Virtual students: return books when you come for cap & gown pick up Monday, April 19 (Seniors). When you come to campus for EOC testing on April 6 or April 8 (students of any grade level).
  3. Questions about returning books? Email the LEE HS Librarian, Ms. McDevitt: rmcdev@neisd.net

Worried about fines? Don't forget that the LEE HS Library offers fine-free checkouts. There are NO overdue fees on books that are turned in.

Teens & Media Literacy: What Can Teachers Do?

Helping Students Become Media Literate: Most parents, students, and teachers agree that teens get the majority their news from social media. How can educators, regardless of content area, introduce and reinforce skills that empower students to recognize and reject misinformation in their social media feed?

An outstanding source of practical information in the media literacy space is Jennifer LaGarde. She can be found at librarygirl.net or on Twitter @jenniferlagarde. The steps below are adapted from the book she co-authored with Darren Hudgins (on Twitter @dhudgins) titled "Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News."

3 Actionable Steps that Educators Take Right NOW:

1. Address the issue of personal bias. Help students to become self-aware by recognizing at least one of their biases and how that might affect their current preferences in terms of social media consumption.

2. Meet students where they are in terms of news consumption. Create opportunities for students to scrutinize the validity of sources (social media posts). These posts should pertain to a specific content area and should be viewed on a mobile device. This not only helps to demonstrate that educators recognize and appreciate how teens get their news, but it also shows them practical ways that they can analyze news on their preferred platform on the device that they use most frequently.

3. Once a source on a social media platform has been deemed "false," take the time to discuss WHY it is false. Address the falsehood(s) using specific language and description.

Reading Promotion for In-Person & Virtual Students

March is Women's History Month

Women's History Month: During the month of March, the LEE Library featured books depicting women as catalysts of change. In the United States, this year has provided many opportunities to observe women's achievements in government, science, and engineering.

The LEE Library encourages students and staff to enrich their personal understanding of women's accomplishments throughout the world by reading one of our books or utilizing eBook and audiobook resources.

Staff looking for annotated reading lists to use in their classrooms are encouraged to ask Ms. McDevitt for resources.

Virtual Instruction & Curriculum Support for Teachers


What exactly IS BrainPop? And how can it help educators and students?

BrainPop is an engagement tool that enables students to show their creativity through games and activities. BrainPop even offers coding so that all students, regardless of ability level, have the opportunity to be exposed to computational thinking. Each activity, game, and video is designed to support a variety of learners and the curricular needs of educators.

Teachers are encouraged to visit the BrainPOP Educators site for lesson planning resources and to learn more about professional development opportunities.

Ms. McDevitt joined educators from all over the country in BrainPop's January 2021 cohort. Please let her know if you'd like to a 5 minute preview of BrainPOP's resources OR if you'd like to collaborate on a lesson utilizing BrainPOP!

Podcast Lowdown

Podcast Resources for National Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month: Looking for a great way to get students excited about poetry? How about using poets' own voices to infuse poetry discussion with energy and authenticity!

The Poetry Foundation (poetryfoundation.org) offers an audio poem of the day and access to the Poetry Magazine Podcast.

Curriculum connection: The podcast features authors who write specifically for younger audiences (checkout the conversation between Marilyn Nelson and Nikki Grimes on March 23, 2021). This conversation could be perfect to supplement a lesson on form or for students who want to write poetry or listen to poetry.

OverDrive eBook & Audiobook Circulation

The LEE Library continues to see a huge increase in eBook and Audiobook checkouts (based on the same time periods in the 2019-20 School Year). A huge thank you to all LEE and ISA teachers who promote the library's electronic collection!

OverDrive Checkouts (eBook and Audiobook combined)

March 1 - March 31, 2021: 52

Coming in April:

  • Media Literacy: What can students do to improve their "media literacy"?
  • National Poetry Month
  • Podcast Spotlight

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