Ryan 216 Library Media Center

May 2015 Newsletter

New Additions

Happy Spring, Ryan Staff! We have some excellent new additions to our *Professional Development* collection. Check out some of the highlighted titles that can help you to become the best teacher you can be!

We also have almost 600 new print and eBooks for our students. Our collection has been updated to include resources that can support all content areas, as well as the latest fiction and YA series books!

The American Revolution

Kids love stories about underdogs, and the American Revolution is among the most famous of these tales. Desperate to be an independent country free from Britain, the rebel colonists relied on their cunning wit and visionary leadership to win an impossible war. And then they faced the real hardship—creating a country out of a victorious but chaotic society.

Using engaging text, hands-on activities, and links to primary sources, The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence shows readers how rebel soldiers fought in horrific conditions while their families faced their own hardships for the sake of freedom. Students examine wartime propaganda to discover the truth about events leading up to the war, and engage in vibrant debate, strategic planning, and literary deconstruction to understand the official documents upon which America is founded. Building a marshmallow cannon and creating real colonial food are some of the projects that engage readers’ design skills. Essential questions require readers to activate their critical thinking skills to discover the truth about the most important moment in American history.

The American Revolution meets Common Core State Standards for literacy in history and social studies; Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

Building Strong Writers in Middle School

Improve proficiency in core language arts concepts with 24 classroom-ready activities that align with Common Core State Standards. By engaging students in meaningful language arts activities that relate to their lives, teachers can promote authentic writing in which students explore their personal thoughts and beliefs, resulting in richer work. Complete with step-by-step directions and student examples—and developed and tested in public and private classrooms with students of varying abilities—Building Strong Writers in Middle School helps students understand themselves and one another more deeply, contemplate how their writing can affect the larger world, and express themselves in literary forms. With writing now being required across the curriculum, teaching language arts at the middle school level is more important than ever. Digital content includes reproducible handouts.

100 Trait-Specific Comments: Middle School

Giving constructive feedback to student writers is critical to their success. But finding the right words can be difficult…until now. In this guide, Ruth Culham provides 100 trait-specific comments that address essential writing skills. The comments are correlated to the all-new middle school scoring guides, according to six performance levels—rudimentary, emerging, developing, refining, strong, and exceptional—making it easy to pinpoint areas of need and target instruction. Spiral-bound, color coded, tabbed by trait, and printed on sturdy paper that will stand up to years of use. For use with Grades 6–8.

20 Literacy Strategies to Meet the Common Core: Increasing Rigor in Middle & High School Classrooms

With the advent of the Common Core State Standards and high expectations with regard to content literacy, some secondary teachers are scrambling for what to do and how to do it. This book provides an accessible plan for implementing content literacy and offers 20 research-based literacy strategies designed to help students meet those standards and become expert readers.


- Learn 20 literacy strategies to help students become expert readers.

- Access activities, lesson plans, organizers, and other research-based tools that promote secondary content literacy.

- Strengthen your understanding of CCSS for English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects for grades 6-12.

Leveled Texts for Classic Fiction: Humor, Historical Fiction, Shakespeare

Use the classics to teach fiction using leveled texts! Learn how to differentiate instruction with this book featuring passages from 15 different classic works including such titles as: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Story of Doctor Dolittle, and My Father's Dragon. Each passage is written at four different reading levels with a focus on setting, character, plot, or language usage and features matching visuals. Symbols placed in the lower corner of each page represent the reading level range and are designed to help teachers differentiate instruction. Comprehension questions are also provided to complement each reading level. A Digital Resource CD is included with a modifiable version of each passage in text format and full-color versions of the texts and image files. This resource is correlated to the Common Core State Standards.

25 Complex Text Passages to Meet the Common Core: Literature & Informational Texts

With the rigorous reading standards called for in the Common Core State Standards, teachers need easy access to reading passages at an increasing level of complexity so students will have opportunities to read closely and stretch their skills as the school year progresses. This collection of passages offers just that. Each of the 25 passages comes with text-dependent comprehension questions, including open-ended questions that require students to use higher-order thinking skills when writing their responses. The lessons include teaching tips that target the challenges students will encounter in the passage and provide text-complexity information— quantitative (Lexile level), qualitative, and reader and task considerations—to help teachers meet the needs of their class. For use with Grade 6, or 7-8.

Leveled Nonfiction Passages for Building Comprehension

This unique collection of 36 passages gives every student the opportunity to read and grasp the same information at his or her skill level. Each set of 12 passages includes three nonfiction pieces on the same topic, written for these reading levels: 2.5–4.0, 4.1–5.5, and 5.6–7.0. A companion page of test-formatted questions targets key comprehension skills—finding the main idea, identifying cause and effect, sequencing events, using context clues, understanding figurative language, and more! Exciting nonfiction topics—from Pluto’s demotion to the history of Halloween—motivate intermediate-grade readers. For use with Grades 4-6.