In this issue...
Voting and Democracy
All About Book Awards
Book Clubs Boost Literacy!
KYTE Learning Challenge : Classroom Management Using Google Forms
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Volume 2, Issue 9
Election Day is right around the corner. Midterm elections do not often garner the attention we are seeing this year, but in any year, midterms are a great time to reinforce the importance of civic participation and media literacy. Think about mock classroom elections for our local congressional and state legislative representatives. You can also hep your students learn about local elections and candidates. Click on the icons to explore ...
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The National Book Awards will be announced on November 14. National Book Awards are given for works by American authors in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature and young people's literature. Each year in the spring a long list of 10 works is announced in each category. The five finalists in each category were announced this month. Click on the icon to explore all the categories and nominees.
The American Library Assocation division for children's services awards several prizes for literature every year. The Caldecott and Newberry awards are the most famous but there are awards given annually for audiobooks, latino books and informational books. Click below to see this year's winners and to explore lists of past winners.
The results of the PBS sponsored "Great American Read" are in! America's official favorite read is "To Kill A Mockingbird." Click on the book cover to see the final results. It is interesting to note that 7 of the top 10 books chosen were authored by women! The other finalists are the "Outlander" series, the "Harry Potter" series, "Pride and Prejudice" and the "Lord of the Rings" series. Think about sharing the list with middle and high school students - maybe you could use one of the finalists for a book club!
The Young Adult division of the American Library Association gives annual awards in several categories. The Alex Award is given to an adult book that has special appeal to teen readers. The Prinz Award is given to the best YA book. The Edwards Award is given for a body of work that has a significant and lasting impact on YA literature. Lists of past winners are a great place to find book club selections!
Book Clubs Boost Literacy!
Book clubs are a proven way to help students boost their independent reading. They are a great vehicle for helping students practice listening skills, formulate good questions and develop respect for differing viewpoints and opinions. Book clubs aren't just for ELA either! Think about historical fiction for social studies or narrative non fiction to explore science topics. Below are some resources to get you started.
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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 using Google Forms for data collection and classroom management. Think about using a Google Form to conduct a classroom vote -- either for a local political candidate or for a favorite book. Book votes could include a resonse for 2-3 sentence book descriptions that can be shared later to help students pick their next book!
BOOK CLUB RESOURCES
The Center for the Collaborative Classroom provides step be step
guidelines for adding book clubs or literature circles to your classroom in
a seven part series that addresses everything from book selection
to assessment and reflection.
NCWiseOwl has two sections to support book clubs.
NovelList Plus helps students explore different types of books
through genre lists and recommendations. The eBook collection has thousands of
choices students can read on their device. The NCWiseOwl password is