“How do you make sense of what you see when you look at an image, especially if that image comes with no caption, headline, links or other clues about its origins? What can constructing meaning from an image teach you?” – The New York Times
In District 117, our students are fortunate to have access to Chromebooks, which are used to access databases and internet sources. We want students to know about these resources and we want to instruct them on how to use them to solve information problems. As you plan your research projects, Hannah and I wanted to remind you of two resources that are available to you and your students.
December is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only do students and staff members ask for reading recommendations for the upcoming holiday break, they request help to find the perfect book for a child, friend or family member. With the thousands of books published each year, selecting the right book for someone could seem like a daunting task. However, it is easier than you may think.
There are plenty of book lists available to narrow down your choices. As there are a variety of readers and/or age groups, I chose four book lists to share. These lists offered different ways to organize book recommendations and should meet the needs of everyone.
The Illinois Center for the Book is sponsoring a Letters About Literature in Illinois contest, which is a statewide reading and writing competition.
This contest is a chance to polish up your writing skills and write a letter to an author—living or dead—explaining how his or her work changed your life or view of the world.
Have you tasked your students with finding reliable sources for a research project? In response, you may have students ask what is a reliable source or cite a questionable source in their research. Your students need guidance on what reliable internet sources are and how they can evaluate sources when you find them. Click “read more” to find out how the ILC can help you guide your students to reliable sources and teach them how to evaluate the sources they do find.
As we continue to work in a hybrid teaching model, teachers are turning to digital sources for their curriculum. Hannah and I want to remind you to keep databases in mind. What better way to look for articles than to use the state database trial that’s going on now?
Celebrate your freedom to read with the ILC! During the week of September 27 - October 3, we will be celebrating Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is a way to highlight books that are often challenged and banned from schools and libraries, and speak out about ways to prevent censorship in our communities.
The ILC will be sponsoring four different activities during Banned Books Week. For each activity you complete, you will be entered into a raffle to win a prize! Students who participate in all four activities will be entered into a raffle to win a banned book of their choice!
You can find out more about our Banned Books Week activities here! With the exception of the book talk/trivia contest, you will have until midnight on Saturday, October 3, to complete the activities. Be sure to submit your entry via this google form.
Gain access to helpful student resources with a card from the Antioch Public Library
Welcome back to school! The Antioch District Library is here to support you through this unusual school year. The library is currently open, but we are still encouraging users to sign up online for a temporary digital library card. This library card will be your ticket to access our extensive online research tools and downloadable content that can be accessed 24/7.
Also, the library offers printing and scanning services which are currently free of charge. You can send documents to be printed here.
Some of the online resources the library offers include:
All of us continue to look for ways to increase reading and writing in our classrooms — specifically, the use of non-fiction, informational texts. To that end, we thought you’d be interested to know that free digital access to The New York Times is now available to high school students and teachers through September 1, 2021.
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