AnHS Library News and Resources

November 2018

In The Spirit of Thankful Thursdays!

For All You Do

Thank you so much for all you do;

You're truly a delight;

When my life overwhelms and does me in,

You make everything all right.

By Karl and Joanna Fuchs

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Hook Your Students with a Short Story about Teens Like Them

Check out Fresh Ink, a collection of 13 fictional short stories by leading YA authors, written so teens can connect with characters just like them. The stories tell about immigration, cultural and gender differences, racism, and identity. Stories range from 9-24 pages in length; perfect to complement a unit you are teaching and to copy under fair use. Come and see or email me if you would like copies of one of the short stories to use in your classroom. This is a powerful way to be culturally responsive in your curriculum, engage kids, and get them reading.

Cans for Fines Time!

Encourage students to clear their library fines and support a great cause, the Kids Can Food Drive! Each can will clear $1 in library fines. Students can bring their cans to the Library throughout the entire Food Drive.

Library fine slips will be delivered to Homeroom classrooms next week to remind students of this opportunity.

Technology Idea of the Month

Want your students to critically think and have fun? Have your students curate resources with Wakelet. Curating requires higher-order thinking because students have to understand, analyze, and evaluate sources. Add purposeful writing and a cool new Google Extension to the project, and you have an engaging project for your students. Here is a great example on Free Speech. Happy curating!

Want some more ideas? Click here for an article on Curation from the Cult of Pedagogy blog.

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Continue Encouraging Students to Access Our Databases!

Students need practice with databases before they enter college, and we have some great resources for them with Google Classroom and Citation tools!

Gale is great for general research and opposing viewpoints, ABC CLIO is everything history and government, and the new ProQuest and Britannica Databases offer audio playback, Google Translate to any language, and access to primary sources. Students not only get access to high quality articles but also images, videos, recommended websites and more!

Want your EL students to utilize the databases? Britannica offers differentiated reading levels at the top of each article page. Click here for all of the links and passwords.

Stay tuned for some demos at the next Staff Meeting!

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Want to Bring an Author's Voice into Your Classroom?

This is Not Just for English Teachers!

Check out the new teacher resource Teaching Books. We now have district access through the State of California. You can share specialized bookmarks, qr codes, and links with students via email, Google Classroom, Twitter, and more. Bookmarks and flyers can be translated into any language and printed or shared digitally. Students do not need passwords to access the links.

In the examples below students get to listen to Jason Reynolds talk about why he wrote Long Way Down and then hear him read excerpts from the book. How powerful for the students to hear and connect with the author! Want to listen? Click on the qr code and bookmark images below to try it out for yourself.

The Great Gatsby, 1984, Ender's Game, House on Mango Street, Macbeth, Fahrenheit 451, and more are available to listen to. Find the book you are teaching and engage your students even more by connecting them to the book in a new way!

Teaching about Civil Rights, want to inspire kids about history, science, art, Spanish, health, fitness, music, or math? Search by subject, grade, nonfiction, and more to find a way to connect with books in your content. Listen to these examples for inspiration: March, Marc Aronson on history, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American Artists,

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism, Frida: Viva La Vida! Long Live Life!

Stay tuned for how to make an Educator's Account to start building your own "Lists" for students and for more demos at the next Staff Meeting.