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1000 Books Project

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If you are a parent or guardian of a Preschool (4 years and up), Kindergarten or 1st Grade student, you and your child are invited to participate in the 1000 Books Project. The purpose of the project is to foster a love of reading by providing families with wonderful books to read. Each bag contains 10 books, and for every 100 books read, your child can select a free paperback book. A child who reads 1000 books will have his/her name displayed on a plaque in the school library. Download and print the 1000 Books Contract in English or the 1000 Books Contract in Spanish, bring it to your child's school's library and begin this enriching, enjoyable activity with your child.

Read-At-Home Backpacks

read at home backpacks

Second and 3rd Grade students can check out Read-at-Home Backpacks. Each backpack contains an age-appropriate book in both English and Spanish that you can read with your child, or your child can read to you. You can use these reading experiences to help your child develop reading skills by talking about the story. Use the At-Home Activity Sheet that comes in each backpack to guide your discussion. Each sheet contains suggested activities to do before your read, while you are reading and after your read the book. These activity sheets are provided in both English and Spanish.

Books for Checkout

Please print the Parent Library Card Form, complete it and bring it to your child's school library if you would like to check out books on behalf of your Kindergarten or First Grade student. That way he or she will have books to read at home, if you choose not to participate in the 1000 Books Project.

Ebooks and Audiobooks While at School and Away from School

Ebooks and Audiobooks: Your child can also access ebooks and audiobooks from any internet connected device. Search the library OPAC to find out what is available by following these English or Spanish instructions.

Articles and Links about Reading

General Library Information

Library Links

  • AR BookFinder is a great website for your child to use to find out if a book he/she has, or wants to check out from the public library has an Accelerated Reader Test. It will also tell you the reading level and point value of that book. Select How to Use AR Bookfinder to learn how to use this tool. The website can also be viewed in Spanish.
  • World Book Online is an online encyclopedia that can be accessed from school or remotely. It is a resource provided by the Richland School District, and requires a log in. Please have your child ask the Library Assistant at his/her school for the log in information.
  • Richland School Library Online Catalog. Link to this site and find your child's school to search for books.
  • Kern County Public Library. You and your child can search the public library catalog and check out books if either of you have a library card.

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." -Jacqueline Kennedy

Playaways

books on a shelfYour child can checkout a Playaway, if you sign a Playaway Contract, and he/she is in the 6th, 7th or 8th Grade. Playaways are devices that come preloaded with an audiobook. Have your child bring the signed contract to the library to check out one of these audiobooks. If your child needs earbuds, they are available for purchase for $1.50 in the school library.

8th Grade History/Language Arts: Human Rights

Introduction

 

Task Definition

STEP 1 in the research process is to define the problem to be solved, and determine the need for specific information in order to solve the problem. Therefore, before you begin your research, you will need to do the following:

  1. Confirm with your History Teacher that you understand that this is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on the concept of the sanctity of life and the dignity of individuals and groups.
  2. Connect this concept to prior knowledge gained through lessons in your history class.
  3. Determine that by the end of this research project, you will be able to answer the following Essential Questions: (why, what if, how). Link to Essential Question Research Pathfinder to identify your topic and generate your essential question. Link to the research topic list for possible ideas.

What wouldhave beenneeded for the _______ to have successfully resisted the ________?

  • What were the causes and consequences of the _______?
  • What were the human costs the________?
  • How can one successfully combat injustice, bigotry, and racism in one's community?

 

Access Information

 

Task Definition

STEP 2 in the research process is to recognize the kind of information you need based on the research question you are trying to answer. Therefore, before you begin your research, you will need to do the following:

  1. Confirm your research topic choice with your Language Arts Teacher. You can narrow or broaden your topic through pre-research using World Book Online. If you are having trouble selecting a topic you can use the online tutor, i-Tutor: Picking a Topic or by reading Selecting a Research Topic.
  2. Confirm the number of subtopics you will need for this project with your Language Arts teacher. A subtopic is also your "focus point" used in note-taking. You will take several notes per subtopic so make sure the subtopic is broad enough.
  3. Confirm your thesis statement with your Language Arts Teacher. If you are having trouble developing a thesis statement, you can consult a Thesis Statement Generator.
  4. Confirm with your Language Arts Teacher the the project/product you will be creating. Projects could be created using the following:
    1. Powtoons for Education. To find out how to use Powtoons, watch Powtoons Tutorial
    2. Easel.ly. To find how to use Easel.ly, watch How to Make an Infographic with Easel.ly.
    3. Prezi for Education. To find out how to use Prezi, watch Prezi Tutorial
    4. PowerPoint or "Presentation" through Google Docs.
    5. Voki: Watch the Official Voki Tutorial to learn how to create a Voki.
  5. Review with your Language Arts teacher, all the components you will need to complete the project:
    1. Checklist for Research
    2. Google Slides Note-taking System or Note Sheets for Handwritten Notes or Note Sheets for Digital Note-takingNote sheet digital website. Please note that the Google Slides Note-taking system is identified as the method for taking notes in the remainder of this assignment, but you and your Language Arts teacher may choose these other methods of note-taking.
    3. Project Outline
    4. Works Cited Document
    5. Final Project, or link to Final Project
    6. Project Self Evaluation (Word) or Project Self Evaluation (PDF)
  6. Make sure you can log in to your G-drive so you can save these components of your project.
  7. Confirm with your teacher due dates for the various components of your project. Record this information on your Checklist for Research

Information Seeking Strategies and Location and Access STEP 3 is to identify the resources you need to answer the question. You will need to gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources. Then you must and take effective notes, and cite your resources (let your teacher know where you got your information, making sure you avoid plagiarism [Copyright and Fair Use Animation from Common Sense Media] while using a standard format for citation). Sometimes knowing how to cite a resource can be difficult. Easybib provides some suggestions on the Frequent Citation Questions page.

  • You will need to take notes using the Google Slides Note-taking System. Your teacher will review this system with you and tell you the minimum number of notes to take using the following print and digital resources.

Encyclopedia

  1. Locate at least one encyclopedia article in electronic format using World Book Online.
  2. See World Book Student Online Video Tutorial, for assistance in using this resource.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the article and copy the MLA citation. Paste it in the appropriate section of the Google Slides Note-taking slide for online encyclopedia. Highlight the citation and create a hyperlink to the article for further research.
  4. You will either print your article or you will have to toggle back and forth between your Google Slides Note-taking System and the online encyclopedia in order to take notes. Your Language Arts Teacher will guide you in taking notes using your source.

Journal or Newspaper Article

  1. Locate at leastone journal/magazine/newspaper source that provides information about your topic using SIRS Discoverer.
  2. See SIRS Discoverer 2 Minute Video for a quick overview of this resource.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the article and copy the MLA citation. Paste it in the appropriate section of the Google Slides Note-taking slide for Journal or Newspaper Article. If your SIRS resource is something other than a Journal or Newspaper Article, please see SIRS Citation Guidelines.
  4. You will either print the article or toggle back and forth between your Google Slides Note-taking System and the SIRS article in order to take notes. Your Language Arts teacher will guide you in taking notes using your source.

Book--Print Resource

  1. Access the online library catalog from the Richland Junior High/Redwood Library and use it to search for an informational book on your topic. Please write down the call number and bring it with you to check out the book.The due date on this book will be one week instead of two so please bring it back as soon as possible for use by another student. If you need a review on how to search for a book in the library, please watch the screencast Basic Search in the Library. If you are trouble finding a book using this simple search method, please watch the screen cast Call Number Limiter in Destiny.
  2. Once you have your book you will have to create a citation. Please refer to the title page of your book in order to complete the necessary information on Easybib or World Book Citation Builder. Please link to World Book Citation Builder Tutorial for instructions on how to use this resource.
  3. Generate the citation and then copy and paste it to the Book Citation note slides on your Google Slides Note-taking System
  4. Your Language Arts teacher will guide you in taking notes using this print resource.

Primary Source

  1. Please refer to What is a Primary Source or watch the video Primary vs. Secondary Sources if you are unsure about what you will need to fulfill this requirement. Please confirm with your Language Arts Teacher, the number and type of primary sources that would be appropriate for your topic. Start by looking on SIRS DiscovererWorld Book Online, or preselected websites. You can also locate print resources for primary sources, including autobiographies, memoirs, journals, diaries and photographs. If you find a print resource, and are not taking notes from the resource, but would rather use an image, you will have to scan it into a digital format to use in your project. You can find print resources by searching Richland Junior High/Redwood Library. If you decide to search the internet for primary sources, images or recordings you can narrow your search focus by using Boolean Operators. Link to the video, Boolean Operators for an explanation of this method.You can also read about it under the heading Search Syntax of Search Tips for SIRS Discoverer.
  2. Please refer to Citing Primary Sources: MLA from the Library of Congress for assistance in determining how to cite these works. You may also refer to Easybib's "All 59 Options" and use this citation builder to create your citation.
  3. Save both the image or notation and citation information onto the Google Slides Note-taking System Primary Source Slide.

Images

  1. Please confirm with your Language Arts Teacher how many images you will need to complete your project. You may copy and paste any image found on World Book Online into your Google Slides Note-taking System to access when you are creating your project. Please view Advanced Search for Specific Resources on World Book Online, for help in searching this resource for images, videos, and recordings.
  2. Create a citation for this image. Citing Online Images is a good resource to consult on how to give credit for images found online and then copy and paste it on your Google Slides Note-taking System with the corresponding image. You can also use Easybib to create this citation. Look under "All 59 Options".
  3. Save both the image and citation information onto the Google Slides Note-taking System Image Slide.

Recordings

  1. Please confirm with your Language Arts Teacher if recording will be appropriate for your project. You will likely need to search for this recording. Please start with preselected websites, before conducting an online search on your own.
  2. Create a citation for this recording. You can use Easybib to create this citation. Look under "All 59 Options."
  3. Save both the recording link and citation information onto the Google Slides Note-taking System recording Slide.

 

Use Information

 

Synthesis

STEP 4 is to use your subtopics and notes to create an outline. Using your Google Slides Note-taking System that you have saved into your G-Drive, sort the "notecards" by Subtopics and then further sort these Subtopics into Supporting Idea(s). Review your sequence with your Language Arts Teacher before creating your Project Outline based on this sequence. View How to Use Your Notes to Prepare to Create an Outline, if you need help with this process. Save the Google Slides Note-taking System into your G-drive.

STEP 5 View the screencast, Creating a Project Outline using Google Docs, for instructions on how to create an outline based on your notes. Save this document to your G-drive.

STEP 6 Create a Works Cited page. You may view the screencast, How to Create a Work Cited Page for more information on how to do this.

STEP 7 Put all the information you have gathered together through the creation of the digital product you identified in Step 1, part 4. Save your project into your G-Drive.

 

Evaluate

 

STEP 8 is to evaluate your process and product to determine if you solved the problem, proved your thesis, and created a product that met the standards set out in the Project Self Evaluation (Word) or Project Self Evaluation (PDF) You will need to do this before you turn in your assignment.

STEP 9 Make sure that you have completed the Checklist for Research, and then inform your teacher(s) that you have completed the project and you are ready for it to be evaluated. Your History Teacher will grading for content. Your Language Arts Teacher will be grading all other components.

STEP 10 Make a plan with your History Teacher for sharing your project with other students.

 

Credits

 

This project was developed by Richland School District teachers Angelica Martinez and Connie Koop from an adapted webquest collaboratively planned, taught, and assessed by the following teachers at Liberty High School, Mac Blate, World Historty, Denice Lane, English 10, Melanie Lewis, Teacher Librarian, Rebecca Harp-Sligh, English 10H and Trent Wilson, AP European History. The modified WebQuest may be shared only under the same conditions. See the Creative Commons Attribution • Non-Commercial• Share-Alike license for details.

 

Supporting & Expanding Curriculum

The library program provides teacherswith curriculum resources andnew learning opportunities for theirstudents through information and digital literacy lessons, print and electronicbooks, databases andlibrary supported activities.

  • Curriculum Resources: Curriculum resources can be secured through your site administrators.Library staff then checks out the materials to you. Find out what is checked out in your name by accessing our online catalog, Destiny. Refer to this tutorial for instructions on how to do this.
  • Student Textbooks:Students check out textbooks in each of the core content areas.
  • Classroom Literature Sets:Literature sets are checked out to 3rd-8th grade teachers, who keep track of these books via the barcode when lending them to students, and then informing the library of lost or damaged books.
  • Additional Literature Sets: Literature sets containing 20 or more copies are available to all district teachersfor checkout through Redwood and RJH libraries. (See Elementary List and RJH List)
  • Science & Math Resources: Additional manipulatives, equipment, and models for example, can be checked out through the Sequoia Library.Look at Teacher Math Resources, and Teacher Science Resources for examples of what can be checked out.

Library Lessons

Teachers bring classes for library lessons and checkout on a fixed schedule. The lessons are written by the district librarian. Library Lessons are based on the California Model School Library Standards, CCSS, and content standards. The lesson is generally 15 minutes with 15 minutes for checkout. A listing of lesson content can be found on RSD Library Lesson Topics.

Print and Electronic Books and Resources

  • Library Books in Print. Library books are available for classroom use by teachers. They are checked out in the teacher's name and can be transferred to a student's account if the library is notified. Watch How to Search The Library Catalog for tips on how to best use the online catalog. This tutorial uses the classic interface of Destiny. Destiny Discover is another interface that provides a more robust, visual experience in searching the catalog. Read the Destiny Discover Tutorial for instructions on its use. Students can check out books with their class and when the library is open before and after school and during breaks.
  • Open Educational Resources. Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research and other purposes. Find out more through this Open Educational Resources tutorial. Use the Destiny Online Catalog, Destiny Discover interface to search for resources.
  • Ebooks. Single user and multi-user ebooks are available through the library catalog. Multi-user ebooks can be used by multiple users at the same time and can be a good resource for classroom use. See Destiny Discover Tutorial for how to access ebooks and digital audiobooks.
  • Digital Audiobooks. Digital Audiobooks can be accessed through the library catalog. Teachers may choose to use them in instruction, for whole class reading of literature sets, or literature circles.
  • World Book Online. This online resource is valuable for classroom instruction and student research and can be accessed 24/7, onsite and remotely. Library Assistants can provide the user name and password for remote access to World Book Online and SIRS Discoverer.
  • SIRS Discoverer.This is a database of newspaper, magazine, and reference articles, vetted websites, and images. Watch ProQuest SIRS Discoverer Walk Through for a quick overview of the features.
  • Resources for Close Reading Activities: The library provides resources for close reading by levels. These are searchable sources that allow you to choose just the right text for this task.
  • Digital Resources for Research: There are many resources that can be highlighted here for your use with students. Link to Digital Resources for Research to discover some features found in two RSD resources that you can use right now with your students.

Library Supported Activities

Each year the library supports and facilitates several reading related activities. These include, but are not limited to:

  • California Young Reader Medal (CYRM). This program encourages recreational reading of popular literature. Individuals and classes read nominated books, and vote on favorites.
  • Battle of the Books. This is a reading incentive program that is site based. Students read books and in the spring participate in a competition to test their knowledge of the books they have read.
  • Read Across America. Schools participate in this national celebration of reading in many ways. The library supports this initiative through library lessons, reading activities and by providing books for guest readers.
  • Young Author's Fair. This is a site based event involving guest authors, and submission of student created books for display at the fair held in Bakersfield.
  • Oral Language Festival Students present a written piece that is 3-5 minutes in length, in verse choir, duo or solo. Those who place in their competition move on to the next phase and can ultimately compete at the Kern County Oral Language Festival.

Student Library Use

  • Books for Checkout: Student can check out books for research and special projects and the library encourages students to self-select books and magazines for pleasure reading. Playaways are devices that are preloaded with an audio book and are available for student checkout upon completion of a Playaway Contract. Students can access and checkout ebooks and digital audiobooks through their Destiny Library Account.
    • AR Bookfinder: The Library supports the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program, by identifying books that have available tests. When away from the library, find out ifbook has a corresponding quiz by usingAR Bookfinder.
  • Parent Checkout: Parents of RSD early readers interested in checking out books for their children can do so through the library.
  • Students Access to Digital Resources.Destiny Library CatalogSIRSDiscover and World Book Onlineare available for student use24/7. Students can ask their library assistant for the username and password for remote access.
  • 1000 Books Project: Preschool through 1st grade students and their parents or guardians can participate in this program, where students work toward reading 1000 books, with adult, by the end of 1st grade. For more details about this program, see 1000 Books Parent Contract
  • Summer Library. In order to avoid "summer slide" and to encourage reading, RSD School Library remains open on one campus for all RSD students, during several weeks in the summer.

Digital Resources

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SIRS Discoverer

Follett Destiny

  • Destiny Library Catalog: To search for a book in your school's library, select Library Catalog(OPAC)and then find your school. Select the "catalog" tab and then conduct your search. You can watch How to Search the Library Catalog if you are unsure of how to do this.
    • AR Bookfinder: The Library supports the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program, by identifying books that have available tests. When away from the library, find out if a book has a corresponding quiz by using AR Bookfinder.
    • Ebooks and Audiobooks: You can also access ebooks and audiobooks from any internet connected device. Search your library OPAC to find out what is available by following these English or Spanish instructions.
  • Public Library: When your school library is not open, or you are interested in a book we don't have you can always use the Shafter Branch of the Kern County Public Library. Watch the screen cast Finding a Book at the Shafter Library for a review on how to get a library card, search for, and request a book.
  • World Book Online: Link to Worldbook Online, our online encyclopedia. WorldBookFrom there choose a version that suits your needs. If you are at home you will need the login information. You can get this from your school's library assistant.
  • AR BookFinder: Link to AR BookFinder to find out if a book has an Accelerated Reader Quiz. Link to How to Use AR BookFinder for a tutorial on how to use this web based tool.
  • Playaways: Playaways are audio players containing prerecorded books. They can be checked out by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who have turned into the library a signed contract. Download the Richland School Library Media Center Parent Playaway Contract and have your parent/guardian sign it and return it to the library so you can begin to check out these audiobooks. Playaways can be checked with or without the accompanying print version of the book.
  • 1000 Books Project: Preschool (4 years and up), Kindergarten or 1st Grade students are invited along with their parents/guardians to participate in the 1000 Books Project. The purpose of the project is to foster a love of reading by providing families with wonderful books to read. Each bag contains 10 books, and for every 100 books read, the child can select a free paperback book. A child who reads 1000 books will have his/her name displayed on a plaque in the school library. Download and print the 1000 Books Contract in English or the 1000 Books Contract in Spanish, bring it to the school's library and begin this enriching, enjoyable activity.
  • Books for Checkout: Student can check out books for research and special projects and the library encourages students to self-select books and magazines for pleasure reading. Playaways are devices that are preloaded with an audio book and are available for student checkout upon completion of a Playaway Contract. Students can access and checkout ebooks and digital audiobooks through their Destiny Library Account.
    • AR Bookfinder: The Library supports the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program, by identifying books that have available tests. When away from the library, find out ifbook has a corresponding quiz by using AR Bookfinder.
  • Parent Checkout: Parents of RSD early readers interested in checking out books for their children can do so through the library.
  • Students Access to Digital Resources. From the  Destiny Library Homepage Students can access the Destiny Library Catalog, SIRS Discover and World Book Online. They are available for student use 24/7. Students can ask their library assistant for the username and password for remote access.
  • 1000 Books Project: Preschool through 1st grade students and their parents or guardians can participate in this program, where students work toward reading 1000 books, with adult, by the end of 1st grade. For more details about this program, see 1000 Books Parent Contract
  • Summer Library. In order to avoid "summer slide" and to encourage reading, RSD School Library remains open on one campus for all RSD students, during several weeks in the summer.
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