Barrington Middle School Library Media Center
Making Good Use of the Space
Grade 8 Helpers
Special Thanks to the BMS Community Service Club for Making Our Month!
April is Poetry Month - Novels-in-Verse on Display!
Yellow Cluster Learns About Ways to De-escalate Digital Drama
Essential Question: How can you de-escalate digital drama so it doesn't go too far?
Digital drama - When people use devices, apps, or websites to start
or further a conflict between people
De-escalate - To lessen the intensity or anger in a conflict
Grade 8 Researches People Who Have Changed the World
Our school library teamed up with Ms. Tanya at the Barrington Public Library for this project. Ms. Tanya put together a display and has been readily helping students locate and place holds on titles they are interested in reading.
In fact, to promote the strong relationship we hope to establish with the public library, I gave out raffle tickets to any eighth-graders who brought in a public library card or filled out a library card application. The raffle winner had their choice of a mini waffle maker or a local bookstore gift card.
Since this is a new project, I sent out a student feedback form to gauge where our collection gaps are. This helps us determine the biographies we need to purchase to better meet the needs of our learners going forward.
Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3!
Grade 8 Common Sense Media lesson
Essential Question: How should we react to breaking news?
Breaking news - Information being reported about an event that has just happened or is currently occurring
24/7 news cycle - 24-hour, seven-day-a-week investigating and reporting of news via television, radio, print, online, and mobile app devices
Bias - Showing a strong opinion or preference for or against something or someone