The Media Center Window
a monthly newsletter from the IHS/IMS Media Center
THE COMMONWEALTH eBOOK (& AUDIOBOOK) COLLECTION IS HERE!
THANK YOU (again) EBSCO! FOR THE GREAT STATION.
HIGH INTEREST YA LITERATURE ANYONE?
---Lisa Ellrot (SPED teacher)
Alison Connelly helped my Reading Skills class hit the ground running the first week of school by suggesting we read the high-interest, lower-level novel Acceleration, by Graham McNamee. She quickly supplied us a classroom set through inter- library loan, and each day students arrived to class eager to discover more about the inner-workings of the psychopathic mind of an aspiring serial killer through the journal he left behind on a subway. Diane Tarr and I used the text to explicitly teach and model comprehension strategies such as annotating, making connections, questioning, visualizing, and making predictions, although the book kept us guessing the would-be killer’s identity until the very end. Since those first few hectic days of school, I regularly pick Alison’s brain for titles of high-interest books for reluctant readers, and she never fails to deliver suggestions that get students excited about reading.Alison has also been an invaluable resource to my small group English class. She has introduced my students to library databases such as Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Points of View to help them frame their thinking and find reliable sources with evidence to support their persuasive writing. She has also provided instruction in how to cite sources in proper MLA format and create a works cited using EasyBib.com. I’m fortunate that my room is just steps away from the library as I’m able to seek Alison’s advice on the fly regularly. I look forward to our continuing collaboration!