Welcome Back! September 2016

FHS Library Newsblast, E. Frank Bayer, librarian, editor

Helpful Teaching Resources

Looking for the perfect lesson plan to engage your students? Do you need a few copies of a book or supplemental books to build a temporary classroom library? The resources highlighted below may be just what you are looking for.

Teaching the Election

Although you may be tired of hearing about the election, US History and Government courses still require you to teach the highlights of our democratic system of government. Scan the learning activities from Tolerance.org and Mozilla for some creative ways to teach about government and politics.

Newsela is a website geared to differentiation. Each article is available on 3 different reading levels. They created a special 2016 Student Vote Teacher's Guide. Lessons include text sets, guided questions and chalk talk activities. You can teach at your own pace or do one unit each week and have your students participate in a student election between October 17 and November 1.

The Learning Blog of the NY Times also created a great list of free resources for teaching the election.

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Student Opportunities

Do you have a student who loves to write? Recommend the YC Teen Internship. Applications are due September 25, 2016 so hurry! Apply online here.

Essay contests start early. The US Institute for Peace and the American Foreign Service Association are sponsoring an essay on the causes and consequences of today's refugee crisis. The winner will receive a $2500 prize and a trip to Washington, D.C. Details and application on website. Deadline: March 15, 2017.