AnHS Library News and Resources

November 2020

Parent Newsletter November 2020

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Library Happenings

The Global Read Aloud for Stamped Makes an Impact!

Betweeen 30 and 40 students and staff have met for the past four Fridays to discuss Stamped and antiracism. If you haven't had a chance to join us yet, we have two more Zoom meetings as we wrap up our Global Read Aloud event. Our conversations have been thoughtful, respectful, powerful, and necessary. It is inspiring to hear our students speak so honestly and engage in such an important conversation. You can access the Stamped audiobook at

The AnHS Library Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Encourage your students to check out our NAHM Choice Board to celebrate indigenous stories and authors.

You can also direct them to the following quality resources:

Library of Congress

National Park Service



Smithsonian Social Studies Online - begins November 19, 2020

National Archives

Curriculum Corner

Culturally Responsive Reads: A Curated Google Site

Click here for a curated list of excellent, culturally responsive titles, to share with your students or incoporate into your curriculum. All types of cultural and gender experiences are included.

How to Spot Manipulated Media

Click here for an excellent article on rooting out deep fake videos, audio, and more.

Flipgrid Collection of Conversations about Race, Equity, and Justice

Click here for the collection.

New ProQuest Resource on the Black Freedom Struggle in the US

Check out the following website for primary source materials to teach history and close reading skills.

Visual Literacy & Digital Storytelling Tools & Ideas

Visual Literacy Ideas:

  1. Using images that connect to your curriculum, have students write a six word story.
  2. Using powerful images, have students practice visual literacy alongside critical thinking with the I Noticed... or the Caption This template.
  3. Using images that connect to a particular concept, have students creating an unboxing video that represents the image's meaning. Click here for unboxing video ideas.
  4. Digital Gallery Walk
  5. Silhouttes
  6. Thinglink Book Bentos

Digital Storytelling Tools:

Have students use one of the following tech tools to present stories about a particular image:

  • Flipgrid
  • Adobe Spark
  • Google Slides, Drawings, or Sites
  • YouTube

Visual Literacy: Memes & GIFs

Check out some of these ideas to engage students through the use of memes and gifs.

New York Times: What's Going on in this Picture?

Follow the steps below to get your students thinking, practicing their visual literacy skills, and communicating in a global discussion. Click here to view the weekly pictures!

Step 1: Check out the picture, which is missing the published caption.

  • What is going on in this picture?

  • What do you see that makes you say that?

  • What more can you find out?

Step 2: On Monday, join the global discussion and talk about your thinking strategies.

Step 3: On Thursday, visit the image again to see the caption. How did you do? What do you think now?

New York Times: What's Going on in this Graph?

Follow the steps below to get your students thinking, practicing their graph analysis skills, and communicating in a global discussion.Click here for the weekly graphs!

Step 1: Check out the graph.

  • What do you notice?

  • What do you wonder or are you curious about based on what you noticed in the graph?

  • What is going on in this graph data wise? Write a catchy headline that captures the graph’s main idea.

Step 2: On Monday, join the global discussion and talk about your thinking strategies.

Step 3: By Friday, visit the graph for more detailed information.

Technology Tips and Tools

Curated Tech Tools

Check out the Library Webpage or Symbaloo for a collection of favorite technology applications in the classroom. From presentations to organization, videos to comics, photos to avatars, the opportunities are limitless for you and your students.

Remove the Background from an Image

Use to remove any background from an image in order to layer one image on top of another. For example, students can place themselves in a picture and explain how they would have reacted to a particular event.

In this example, the student is watching a climate change protest from high up in the tree. The student can then annotate the picture, record a video response, create a journal entry about their response, or record an audio response. There are so many possibilities for critical thinking here!

Now Comment

Start rich and engaging conversations with your students using an image or a highlighted section of an online document. Comments can be sorted, summaries skimmed, assignments created, and more. Click here for a video overview and here for all of the additional features.

Sketchnote with Flipgrid to Engage, Stimulate Discussion, Use Augmented Reality

  1. Students can use Flipgrid to film their sketchnotes and verbally explain the reasoning behind their models. Students can even use augmented reality to bring their flipgrid video to life on the paper. Once completed, their QR code can be pasted into the page of their notebook.

  2. Using QR codes, stimulate class discussions with student-created sketchnote recordings in AR. These can also be shared outside the classroom to bring more people into the discussion or to share with the community. Science Example 1, Example 2

Scientific Notebook & Sketchnote Resources

Click here for additional NGSS Science Notebook resources!


Why Booksnap? (Martin, T., 2020)
  1. To annotate and share excerpts of the book you're reading
  2. It allows the reader to connect an idea or thought by creating a digital visual representation. The visual representation solidifies the text content within the mind and signals the brain to retrieve the idea from memory.
  3. To diagram the rise, fall, and climax of the plot
  4. To highlight figurative language and imagery
  5. To notate character conflict and internal struggles
  6. To personally connect to the text
  7. Point out the main idea or a supporting argument

Click here to learn how! See some examples below. Booksnaps can also be created in Google Slides rather than on Social Media.

Student Info for Your Google Classroom - Please Post!

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Our next two book selections are Educated by Tara Westover and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Students can choose which book they would like to read, or they can read both! Pickup for the books takes place Mondays/Tuesdays and Thursdays/Fridays from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm for on-campus students. Off-campus students can come to campus from 1:45 to 3:45 pm on those same days. Our next Book Club Zoom meeting is on December 11th from 3-4 pm. Students should pick up their books by next week!

Library Books

On-campus students can check out books from our Library on Mondays/Tuesdays and Thursdays/Fridays from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm. Off-campus students can come to campus from 1:45 to 3:45 pm on those same days. We have sanitation stations set up so they can browse the shelves and choose a book safely. Students can also place holds on books through our online catalog and then pick them up in the Library. This screencastify on how to log in to their library accounts and place a hold on a book was sent out to students and parents, but you can also post it in your Google Classroom for them.

Library Updates

Materials are still being distributed in the Library on Mondays/Tuesdays and Thursdays/Fridays, from 1:45-3:45 pm for off-campus students, and from 7:45-3:45 pm for on-campus students. If students are still in need of textbooks, class materials, library books, Chromebooks, etc., please have them come to the Library!

If students have specific needs or want to request additional research or technology help from me, they can schedule an in-person appointment or Zoom through Calendly.

Please Promote the Library Website

Please encourage your students to access my website and the resources that are found there. I have recently reorganized the website to streamline the navigation.

Under Search and Research, students have access to several wonderful databases, including Cameron’s Collection (Health and Wellness ebooks), Gale, ABC-Clio, SIRS Issues Researcher, ProQuest, and more. They also have access to our online library catalog and WebPath Express, which allows them to search vetted websites.

Many student tutorials on how to research, evaluate sources, identify misinformation, access apps and e-texts, and use our online catalog already exist under the Student Help tab in order to help students find information, achieve, and be successful.

Encourage your students to bookmark the Library website and follow me on Instagram @librarygirl7801 and/or Twitter @anhs_lib. You can also post the link in your Google Classroom! Thanks for your support!

Chromebook Help for Students

If your students are having problems with their CBs, have them go to this link for help! Students will fill out a Google Form and pick a day to come to campus and turn in their CBs. They will be given loaners to use until their CBs are repaired.

Teacher's Lounge

Teacher and Librarian Collaboration

Remember that I am here to help you with anything from curation, literacy instruction, and lesson collaboration to literature circles. book clubs, book talks identifying misinformation, technology help, student tutorials, and more. Please let me know how I can help you and your students by filling out the following Collaboration Google Form. I will follow up with you based on your preferences. If you prefer to email me, that is fine too!

Password Resets

If students are having problems with their passwords, please email Amanda Scuka at with their first and last name, their grade level, and their student id number. She will be able to reset it for them. If Amanda is out for the day, you can email me at or as a backup. Students can also directly email to have their password reset.

Bookshare and Read & Write for Students with IEPs or a 504 Plan

Any students with 504 or IEPs can access all of their materials in ebook, audiobook, or large print form. Bookshare has an immense collection that includes most textbooks and thousands of free fiction and non-fiction reading materials.

Any teachers or counselors that want to set a student up with Bookshare just needs to let me know who the student is, whether they are on a 504 or an IEP plan, and what their disability is. I can set up an account for the student and assign specific textbooks or reading books or even an entire reading list based on a students' interests (ex. sports books, graphic novels, reluctant reader books, etc...) in about 5 minutes. After setting up an account for the student, I can then share their login credentials with them as well as my tutorials for how to get started accessing their books.

You can email me the student's information, or you can fill out the Bookshare Enrollment Google form for your student(s).

Students with IEPs also have access to the Premium edition of the Read & Write App through the District's site license. I have tutorials for them on how to use the app, and I can also Zoom with them to show them how to use the app in real time if they need any extra help getting started.

Here is the link to my Bookshare and Read & Write App tutorials on my website. Just scroll down to the resource you are interested in.

Cameron's Collection

Recommend these wonderful resources (library id = ante 588) to students who need access to support information or utilize for students doing research on mental health topics. Students can download and access these resources from home as many times as they need to. They can also share them with friends! Students can go to and use the password, titans, to access the eBooks, or they can access them through the Library webpage. Thank you for promoting these important resources!


Do your students need a vetted source for a school project or paper? They can access, on campus or from home, a variety of quality and credible sources right on the AnHS Library Webpage. All logins are now available on one document.

How to Research on ABC Clio Social Science Database

Access student help tutorials for ABC Clio here.

How-to at the ANHS Library

Access student help tutorials for database and Internet searching suggestions or for how to use specific apps, etexts, and our online library catalog. Instructions on accessing current events articles from Gale and WebPath Express are also included.


Find current articles in English or Spanish by visiting the Sacramento Bee News in Education website. Log in as a student using the AnHS Class ID lewis and password 2843 found on our Library website under electronic resources. Once you log in as a student select "Read Today's Paper" to choose The Sacramento Bee or El Nuevo Herald. You can also access many other student resources on their website for use in your classroom.