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Here is a fabulous 'research' lesson for middle school students. The library needs to have access to an LCD projector & computer. You will have to download the video clip ahead of time if you do not have Internet access in the library. ...
...a new, free classroom resource from Answers.com. They have produced a complete lesson including lesson plans, activities and a 16-minute classroom movie reinforcing good online research skills. "Mission Possible: Successful Online Research" is a self-contained lesson covering issues such as:
  • Information on the Internet: reliability, relevance and timeliness.
  • Objectivity vs. Subjectivity: How to assess the reliability of a reference source found via a search engine link.
  • Using the Internet as a language tool for writing assignments.
  • How to summarize what you have learnt without plagiarizing and correctly format bibliographical citations.
You can find out more details, download the movie and the lesson plans at www.answers.com/main/mp.jsp.

comments to ClaireAgnes Doerrman, Anderson Elem. School



Poetry Participation Lessons
Phyllis R. Hayes, Librarian Penrose School
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GRADE 2 Curriculum Area: 1.3.D
Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature Recognize the structures in poetry (Grade 2 Literacy Curriculum Guide) Materials Needed: 1 copy of Eloise Greenfield’s Night on Neighborhood Street printed copies of the poem “Goodnight, Juma” Procedure: Explain basic principles of poetry Read poem “Goodnight, Juma” from Night on Neighborhood Street collection by Eloise Greenfield to the class Read same poem with class having students reading Juma’s lines, librarian reading father’s lines _
GRADES 5-6 Curriculum Area: 1.3.D
Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature Identify and respond to the effects of sound and structure in poetry (Grade 5 Literacy Curriculum Guide) Materials Needed: 1 copy of Paul Fleischman’s Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices printed copies of selections “Grasshoppers,” “Fireflies” and “House Crickets” Procedure: Explain basic principles of poetry Describe manner in which two-voiced poetry should be recited Divide class in half, designating Group I and Group II. Act as leader of one of the groups. If teacher is present, have him/her act as leader of the other group Read the three selected poems in choral fashion, rehearsing as many times as necessary

GRADES 7-8 Curriculum Areas: 1.3.D
Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature Identify poetic forms 1.3.F Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature Read and respond to nonfiction and fiction including poetry and drama (Grade 8 Literacy Curriculum Guide) Materials Needed: Edgar Allan Poe poetry collection printed copies of “The Raven” Edgar Allan Poe worksheets sound effects recording Procedure: Review basic principles of poetry Read biographical sketch of Poe’s life to the class Have students complete Edgar Allan Poe worksheet Time permitting, discuss narrative poetry Define words in poem “The Raven” which are characteristic of 19th-century language Read “The Raven” and have selected students read the word “nevermore” whenever it appears dim library lights, play recording of eerie sound effects


Donna Lockman & Diana Bantel
Lesson Plan Title: EXPLORER RESEARCH
Standards Addressed: PA1.8.8A, PA1.6.8C, PA 8.4.6A

Division of Responsibilities – Ms. Lockman will present the explorer project, assign explorers, and distribute worksheet. Ms. Bantel will present PowerPoint on how to use an encyclopedia and ensure that st. use the correct volume.

General Goal: St. will be able to find a subject using the encyclopedia.

Specific Objectives: St. will find an explorer in their encyclopedias.
St. will identify and write their birth and death dates.
St. will write a summary of their accomplishments.

Required Materials: explorer names, fact-finding worksheets, encyclopedia PowerPoint, projector, screen, encyclopedias, pencils

Strategies: PowerPoint presentation, thumbs up/down

Motivation: Present the assignment, assign explorers and distribute worksheet

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): Encyclopedias on tables. Encourage st. to examine.

Step-By-Step Procedures:
1. Ask st. to close encyclopedias.
2. Note important features about the volume. Address volume numbers, letters and guidewords on page.
3. Show PowerPoint on encyclopedia usage.
4. Ask questions. Use thumbs up/down to signify understanding.
5. Assignment is given on the last page of the PowerPoint.

Plan For Independent Practice:
St. will find an explorer using their encyclopedias.
St. will identify and write their birth and death dates.
St. will write a summary of their accomplishments.

Closure:
Ask st. to read about their explorer to the class.

Assessment Based On Objectives: Teacher observation, completed worksheets

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):
Distribute ABC strips.
Allow st to work with a partner.

Extensions (For Gifted Students):
St. find a second explorer.
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