Media Matters

Chatham Middle School Media Center - Volume 1, Issue 5

New Databases!

We have purchased 3 new databases for the library. We would love to hear feedback.

Modern Genocide

American Government

Daily Life Through History

Resources of the Month

HSTRY: Create digital timelines and embed images, video's, etc. This could be good as an end product assignment.

WhyFiles: The Science behind the News. Provides a new story each week.

Spotlight on....Plagiarism

Sometimes students plagiarize with full awareness of what they are doing. This is often the case when a student takes someone else's quote and claims it as their own. Other times, students plagiarize and don't realize it. This commonly happens when students paraphrase and do not give credit for the idea/thought. The first scenario is harder to control. To address the 2nd problem, we can continue to teach paraphrasing and citation.

These tools will help you spot plagiarism.

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Common Core and Information Text

By the time students reach 8th grade, the CC requires that 55% of a student's reading be from non-fiction/information texts. By the end of 12th grade, this number jumps to 70%.

I recently went to a conference that discussed and provided a list of of excellent non-fiction titles along with some fiction titles that they can be paired with. If you are looking for a non-fiction title to add to your curriculum, please let us know. We would be happy to recommend something - Rebecca

Book Recommendations

Here are the top 10 most circulated titles of November! These may be a helpful starting point for some of your reluctant readers!

1. The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

2. 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

3. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

5. The Dealer by Robert Muchamore

6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

7. Kidnapped: Book One: The Abduction by Gordon Korman

8. Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick

9. Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz

10. The Probability of Miracles: A Novel by Wendy Wunder

Mrs. Rebecca Zarabi

I just finished reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Very different than the other popular book with Gray in its title (not that I read the other one). This book is set during WWII and follows the lives of a family torn away from their home in Lithuania and forced to work in Russian labor camps. This is a part of history that does get as much coverage as it should.

Mrs. Jacqueline Chirico

Mrs. Sue Braviak