LEE HS Library

November 2020

LEE High School Library & Hybrid Instruction

Welcome to the November newsletter! Please read on to learn more about the programming and resources offered by the LEE Library during this month. Highlights include:

  1. Collaboration to support students as they showcase new knowledge.
  2. Library reading promotions for students during the month of November.
  3. Library databases and web resources designed to assist teachers as they support a variety of learners.

Virtual Instruction Collaboration Highlights

The LEE Librarian, Ms. McDevitt, collaborated with Instructional Technology Specialist Gabriel Carrillo, and STEM AP English III teacher, Mrs. Marquez to offer her students a unique project to showcase their analysis of literary elements in The Scarlet Letter. Students were introduced to both Canva and Adobe Spark Video as presentation tools that could be used to visually communicate the literary elements that students chose to analyze.

Electronic Resource Highlights for Students

2020 Texas Great Read: Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai The Texas State Library and Archives Commission announced its 2020 Texas Great Read selection in November. Beginning on November 16, 2020 and running through January 16, 2021, students (and adults) may access an eBook version of the novel by going to the Texas Great Read webpage. In addition to the text, there are also other resources for teachers and readers!

Reading Promotion for In-Person & Virtual Students

Native American Heritage Month (November): Throughout the month of November, the LEE Library highlighted books by Native authors who write books specifically for teenagers about Native youth and teenagers. Eric Gansworth, in his novel "Give Me Some Truth" (2018) writes about a teenager living on the Tuscarora reservation who aspires to start a rock band. Set in the 80's, this novel involves family dynamics, the desire to make one's own mark, and friendship. His storytelling reminds all readers of the power of family and the desire for transformation.

Simultaneous Use - Virtual Resources for Teachers

Teachers looking for informational texts (nonfiction) that can be used simultaneously (unlimited learners at the same time) are encouraged to consider the following resources:

TweenTribune: This site, developed and sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, is a rich source of news articles that are:

  • Available in four different lexile levels.
  • Categorized by age group for maximum interest
  • Available in Spanish.

From its website FAQs, TweenTribune describes itself as:

"…a free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade Teachers and students. TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens, and includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science. TTribune also includes lessons, instructional and assessment tools, and opportunities for the registered users to communicate with other participants. TTribune is a moderated comment sharing community where registered Teachers can assign educational content (like news stories) to students and the students using a screen name have the ability to create comments which, if approved by their Teacher, are then published either to the other students within the Teacher’s TTribune classroom page, or publicly on TTribune."

Look for TweenTribune by using this link. By creating a free teacher account, educators have access to a dashboard which enables them to set up classes, send out reading assignments to their learners, and (as mentioned in the description above), engage students in a comment-based discussion. Ask the LEE librarian for more information or for a quick demonstration!

Curriculum Support - Electronic Resources

Featured in the October newsletter: Looking for collected resources for literary works? TeachingBooks is a database that provides "one-stop shopping" for resources designed to engage readers. Teachers can search by title, author, or illustrator. Collections have been curated to include short movies, audiobook readings, book discussion guides, differentiated activities, and assessments. TeachingBooks is not just for English teachers! There are collections for other core content areas.

NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE: TeachingBooks Book Connections - a Chrome extension that is now available to enhance searches for resources related to authors or literary works. The extension enables the resources within TeachingBooks to be visible in Google search results - integration that immediately provides the searcher with resource options.

NESA Literary Magazine - Highlighting Student Writing

NESA Creative Writing Literary Magazine Now Available! Under the guidance of Amie Charney, Director of Creative Writing, NESA students produced and published Issue 1 of the Bunker Review: A Sunken Place. Additional contributions to the literary magazine came from the NESA Visual Arts Department whose students created all of the illustrations for the issue. LEE HS students who are not part of the NESA program are encouraged to submit pieces for upcoming issues and may contact Mrs. Charney at acharn@neisd.net. Congratulations to all of the students involved! If you are on-campus, use this link for the magazine. If you are using a mobile device or non-campus WiFi, use this link to read.

OverDrive eBook & Audiobook Circulation

The LEE Library continues to see a huge increase in eBook and Audiobook checkouts (based on the same time periods in the 2019-20 School Year). A huge thank you to all LEE and ISA teachers who have promoted the library's electronic collection!

OverDrive Checkouts (eBook and Audiobook combined)

November 1 - November 30, 2020: 44

Coming in December:

  • Latinx Kid Literature Book Festival
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  • Hour of Code
  • Winter Holiday Book Promotion

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