The Southern Oral History Program provides dozens of North Carolina-specific oral history project resources, including lesson plans created to teach civil rights topics. Listening to the actual voices of unsung heroes is a powerful teaching tool! Suitable for grades 6-12.
The Smithsonian has several collections of curated educational materials, along with lesson plans and activity ideas.
In this issue...
Resources for Black History Month
ALA Book Awards
Kyte Challenge: Youtube for the Blended or Flipped Classroom
brought to you by the DCS Library Team
Volume 2, Issue 18-19
(special double issue)
February is upon us and with it comes the opportunity to highlight Black History Month. In this issue, we offer resources to help you cover the well-known African American "heroes" along with ideas for introducing the contributions of everyday citizens to our rich American story. Click on the icons to explore ...
TeacherVision has collected a great cross section of story books that are perfect for Elementary classrooms. Each book is accompanied by lesson plans, discussion guides and activity ideas.
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Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
“A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919,” written by Claire Hartfield.
Three King Author Honor Books were selected: “Finding Langston,” written by Lesa Cline-Ransome; “The Parker Inheritance,” written by Varian Johnson; and “The Season of Styx Malone,” written by Kekla Magoon.
Dr. Pauletta Brown Bracy is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.
Dr. Bracy is Professor of Library Science North Carolina Central University (NCCU). She has successfully merged scholarship and service with publications such as “Libraries, Literacy and African American Youth” (co-edited with Sandra Hughes Hassell and Casey H. Rawson) as well as her work with the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and with workshops and conferences dedicated to promoting African American books for children and teens.
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:
“Monday’s Not Coming,” written by Tiffany D. Jackson.
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award:
“Thank You, Omu!,” illustrated and written by Oge Mora.
Each year the American Library Association (ALA) gives Youth Media Awards in 24 categories. This year's award announcement can be found here. The books, authors, illustrators and educators honored are an exceptionally talented and diverse group. In this issue, in honor of Black History month, we will highlight the five Coretta Scott King awards. In subsequent issues of Media Weekly, we will highlight not only the award winners but the works that made the long lists as well. Think about using the lists as a starting point with your students to create your own book or author awards, to analyze what makes a work worthy of an award or to create a virtual literature museum (see below:)
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: “The Stuff of Stars,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Marion Dane Bauer.
Three King Illustrator Honor Book were selected: “Hidden Figures,” illustrated by Laura Freeman, written by Margot Lee Shetterly; “Let the Children March,” illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Monica Clark-Robinson; and “Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop,” illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Alice Faye Duncan.
Virtual Museum Visits
The folks at Creative Educator have created a step by step lesson plan to help you guide your students through the process of creating a virtual museum. Challenge your students to become creative communicators!
Welcome to our Kyte Challenge! Each week in Media Weekly we highlight a Kyte Learning course. You (alone or with colleagues) can learn a new skill a week while you add up CEU credits!
This week's challenge is to learn about creating your own Youtube Channel to curate and distribute videos to students. You can easily create a blended or flipped classroom via your own Youtube channel! Videos can be your own or a collection of videos created by others. Assigning videos for viewing outside the classroom can free class time for learning activities.
You can take a class field trip without leaving your classroom! Many museums now offer virtual yours that allow you and your students to explore hundreds of exhibits. You can tour as a class with your projector or have students experience the exhibits on their own with a personal device. Bonus tip: Try touring a few and then have your students use a tool like Prezi or Google Sites to create their own virtual museum!
There are so many virtual museums to choose from! Tour art and history museums or a Roman villa! Math teachers can tour the HP Calculator Museum and for some really arcane visiting, try the Promotional Pen Museum. Click on the icon for a comprehensive list of virtual museums.