Chatham Middle School Media Center
About Mrs. Zarabi
A big part of what I do is supporting teachers. I'm here to help you! Please don't hesitate to ask me for any assistance with locating resources for your classes.
About Mrs. Chirico
Please come down and visit me in the library and I'd love to be a part of your classroom lessons! Looking forward to a great year!
Banned Books Week
Here is a link to frequently challenged books. http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks Students will be surprised at some of the titles on this list. It could stir up some great conversations about why certain books are on this list and what would happen if these books were never read.
Resource of the Month
Spotlight on ....
Once there, choose the grade level and subject matter and this will bring up all the standards. Links will take you to material that will fulfill that standard.
If you need help with this feature, please let us know.
I only read middle school titles this past summer. However, I recently read Still Alice by Lisa Genova and really enjoyed it. It can be found here. http://www.amazon.com/Still-Alice-Lisa-Genova/dp/1439102813/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409157364&sr=8-1&keywords=still+alice+lisa+genova
Over the summer I read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian which was a funny & heart breaking tale of a young Native American boy in his teenage years struggling to fit in with "white society". I also finished the Divergent series with the reading of Allegiant. I am currently reading The Book Thief, but truth be told, I'm having a difficult time getting into it...anyone else??
I spent most of the summer reading The Game of Thrones series. For those who like the show, the books are long but provide a lot of clarity!
I also read a debut novel by Hannah Kent called "Burial Rites" . It's a fictionalization of the last execution performed in Iceland. The main character, Agnes, is sent to an isolated farm to await her execution. The story of her interaction with the family who owns the farm and a priest who is chosen to be her spiritual guide is told in beautifully, simple, lyrical language.