Edublog nominations were due last week and my friend & fellow SC library media specialist Tamara Cox nominated my little blog for 'Best New Blog.' How cool is that?!?
I'm very, very flattered!! I had to post a screenshot of her tweet just to make sure I was not making it up :)
Speaking of Mrs. Cox, she recently blogged about an activity in her library called a Literary Cafe. After reading her post, I approached a seventh grade Language Arts teacher at my school to ask if she was interested in trying this activity out with her students. Her class is reading "The Outsiders" and a literary cafe would be a great way to tie in videos & informational text with several of the topics addressed in the book.
Here are the stations and activities we came up with:
1. Crime- Our School Resource Officer (SRO) talked with our students about gangs, crime, and self defense. Students wrote a reflection about what they learned.
2. Health- Students watched Brainpop videos about smoking and drinking. Students took notes while they watched the videos. After watching the videos, students created word clouds using the main ideas and facts about the health risks involved with smoking and drinking.
3. 1960s- Students watched video clips about life in the 1960s. I found some great video clips on Discovery Education about entertainment, sports, Science and government news during the 1960s. While watching the videos, students took notes about important events and people from the 1960s. Next, students went online to find images to create collages about the 1960s using PicMonkey.
4. High School Dropout rate- Students read articles from DISCUS and reviewed our districts' annual report card. Students also reviewed the interactive dropout map on Boostup to learn the high school drop out rate for our state and nation. After reviewing the website and articles, students created a graph to show the overall dropout rate of our country, state and school district.
5. Family Court- Students read news articles and encyclopedia articles from DISCUS that shared information about juvenile court, child abuse and sibling guardians. Students wrote a persuasive argument after reading the articles.
Students were engaged. We were able to help students 1:1. Students were reading, writing and creating visuals. I look forward to trying this out with our sixth graders next. Please feel free to share some ways you are tying fictional text and informational text in your libraries/classrooms.