Media Matters

Chatham Middle School Media Center - Volume 2, Issue 1

Book Fair

The book fair will be from September 11th-17th.

6 Styles of Video Projects

If you are looking for a way to change or offer a different option for an end project, take a look at this link. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/05/six-styles-of-classroom-video-projects.html#.Ve7i_qBVhHw

Rebecca Zarabi

Summer Reads:


Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass - I am a little late to the bandwagon. If you haven't already read this, you should. It was a great read about a very interesting medical condition called Synesthesia.


Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd - Again, late to the bandwagon, but a really wonderful adult novel. I love that it was based on two overlooked female historical figures.


Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Ayaan tells the story of her life from her birth in Somalia, her families travels to Saudi Arabia and Kenya, and her eventual arrival in the Netherlands. Much, much more to this story, but it is better discussed in person. Stop by if you have read this book. I would love to discuss it further.


10% Happier: How I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge, and found self-help that actually works - A true Story - How's that for a title! I picked up this book because I was interested in exploring meditation and mindfulness. What I liked about this book is that it is written by a successful news anchor who would not be the kind of person who would flock to meditation as a self-help technique. It's interesting to hear about his journey from having a panic attack on live tv to spending days at a mindfulness/meditation retreat and the effect it had on his career and personal life.

Jackie Chirico

Summer Reads:


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl - I LOVED this teen romance/science fiction/fantasy story! If you know kids who were fans of Stephanie Meyers' Twilight, they will really enjoy this! (It blows Twilight out of the water!) It is the first book in the series.


Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli - I reread this book over the summer and fell in love with it all over again. I laughed; I cried. You (if you haven't already read it) and your students will love it!


Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo - Another heartwarming story from Kate DiCamillo! Flora, a self proclaimed cynic, finds an unlikely friend in a superhero squirrel and learns to love. This was such a cute book and would recommend it for 6th graders!


Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee - I don't really have much to say here. If you read it, let's talk about it.


The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin - I really enjoyed this narrative non fiction book. If you're not familiar with the Port Chicago 50, a group of African American sailors during WWII, you should read this story. They are the true beginners of the civil rights movement in this country.