Media Matters

Chatham Middle School Media Center - Volume 1, Issue 6

Highlighted Resources

Google Newspaper Map: Students can use this map to locate newspapers from all around the world. This can help students gain different perspectives on a topic or learn what news stories are important in other parts of the world.

News in Levels: This site provides current news event articles and has the option of different reading levels.

CiteBite: Citebite allows you to link directly to a quote within a website. Students are given a link that you create based on the quote and that will bring them directly to the source. Check out this link to see how it works

Kaizena: Kaizena is a popular tool that allows you to leave voice comments on your students' work in Google Drive. Until June 2014, Kaizena only worked on Google Docs. This past summer, Kaizena added support for adding voice commentary to Google Slides presentations. After authorizing Kaizena to access your Google Drive account, you can highlight portions of your students' work and add voice for text comments. Check out this link and see how it works:

Staff Tutorials

There are tutorials available for teachers on our library website. You can find them here: We will periodically be adding new ones to this website.

Top 10 Titles for January 2015

1. The Dealer by Robert Muchamore

2. Pirates! by Celia Rees

3. Eagle Day by Robert Muchamore

4. Secret Army by Robert Muchamore

5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

6. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

7. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

8. The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

9. Flush by Carl Hiaasen

10. Maximum Security by Gary D. Schmidt

Mrs. Rebecca Zarabi

I am currently reading The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming. This book is written for 6th-8th grade students, although I think it would be better suited for 7th or 8th. It's a fascinating lesson on the dangers of autocratic and totalitarian government/rulers and its affect on their common citizens. Primary source accounts are included from peasants to juxtapose their experiences to those of the aristocratic Romanov family. Passages can be used to compare nonfiction and fiction text to fulfill common core requirements.

Next up: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Mrs. Jacqueline Chirico

I am currently reading Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald.

When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.

With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo's search for answers takes her all around Manhattan, and introduces her to a side of the city—and her grandfather—that she never knew. To solve the mystery, she'll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time.

I'll let you know what I think when I'm done!

Mrs. Sue Braviak

Mrs. Jacquie Petruska