Ralph Chandler Middle School Library Report November 2018

library mission and goals

At Ralph Chandler Middle School Library, our goal is to ensure that learners leave here as competent, critical, and ethical users and producers of ideas and information. It is our mission to prepare lifelong learners; information literate young people able to determine their information needs, recognize and utilize relevant and credible resources, all while evolving into impassioned readers. We seek to underscore the profile of a South Carolina graduate by encouraging students to be creative, innovative, collaborative, self-directed critical thinkers, who become adept at problem solving and who attain a global perspective.


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11/16 - Refugee Program Speaker

11/20 - 6th Grade Book Checkouts (1,4,5,7)

11/26 - 7th Grade Book Checkouts (1,2,5,6)

11/27 - Penninger - NoodleTools for Citing Images (1,4,5,7)

11/30 - Bradley - CRAAP Test [Credibility of Website] - (1,2,4,6)


11/27 - Penninger (1,4,5,7) - Working with students to find and cite copyright-free images in MLA format using NoodleTools

11/30 - Bradley (1,2,5,6) - Working with students to cite books/webpages in MLA format using NoodleTools for a project on Child Labor. I used Screencastify on a Chromebook to create this tutorial video for Ms. Bradley to post on her Google Classroom.

11/30 - Bradley (1,2,5,6) - Working with students to determine the credibility of a website using the CRAAP criteria for a project on Child Labor

AASL Standards for Learners addressed here include:

  • adopting a discerning stance toward points of view and opinions expressed in information resources
  • identifying possible sources of information
  • making critical choices about information sources to use
  • understanding the ethical use of information, technology, and media
  • evaluating information for accuracy, validity, social and cultural context
  • seeking a variety of sources
  • systematically questioning and assessing the validity and accuracy of information
  • ethically using and reproducing others' work
  • acknowledging authorship and demonstrating respect for the intellectual property of others
  • disseminating new knowledge through means appropriate for the intended audience
  • actively contributing to group discussions


11/1 - Fine Arts Presentation - Counseling

11/14 - Faculty Meeting - Faculty Led PD

11/16 - 8th Grade - Refugees - Guest Speaker from World Relief Upstate SC

World Relief Upstate SC took the opportunity to speak with our 8th graders about the journey of a refugee a few weeks ago, following the thematic study of the topic in ELA.

11/27 - Bagels and Books Book Talks - We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman

In his signature eloquent prose, backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in. Archival photographs and prints, source notes, bibliography, index. South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee

11/28 - Before School Book Club - Wolf Hollow by Laurn Wolk

Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.


11/07 - Mrs. Walton - This We Believe Book Study

11/27 - Mrs. Walton - Media Specialist Mid-Year Meeting/PD


11/02 -

6th Grade: Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding from Common Sense Media - Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • reflect on what it means to be brave and stand up for others offline and online.
  • learn to show empathy for those who have been cyberbullied.
  • generate multiple solutions for helping others when cyberbullying occurs.
  • Nearpod Lesson - https://share.nearpod.com/BcG82FW9zQ
Actual Sample Nearpod Report for 6th Grade Digital Citizenship Lesson - Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding - J. Skardon

7th Grade: Gender Stereotypes Online from Common Sense Media - Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • define gender stereotypes and their impact on people’s identities, both online and offline.
  • identify gender stereotypes in a virtual world for kids.
  • analyze opportunities and limitations for gender expression in virtual worlds.
  • Nearpod Lesson: https://share.nearpod.com/JAINr4Lo7Q

8th Grade: Nearpod Lesson - Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line from Common Sense Media - Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • analyze online bullying behaviors that “cross the line.”
  • learn about the various ways that students can be cyberbullied, including flaming, deceiving, and harassing.
  • adopt the point of view of teens who have been cyberbullied, and offer solutions.
  • Nearpod Lesson: https://share.nearpod.com/6dbPeEuQLQ

11/16 -

6th Grade - A Creator's Rights - Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • understand that copyright is a legal system that protects their rights to creative work.
  • compare different ways people license their copyrighted work.
  • create an original song, perform it in front of the class, and reflect on their copyright for the song.
  • Nearpod Lesson: https://share.nearpod.com/0d4eLRt6RR

7th Grade - Gender Stereotypes Online - Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • define gender stereotypes and their impact on people’s identities, both online and offline.
  • identify gender stereotypes in a virtual world for kids.
  • analyze opportunities and limitations for gender expression in virtual worlds.
  • Nearpod Lesson: https://share.nearpod.com/JAINr4Lo7Q

8th Grade - Rework/Reuse/Remix - Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • identify the key points required for a creative work to fall under fair use.
  • judge whether or not the two case studies can be called fair use.
  • understand the value of fair use by reworking and remixing copyrighted material in a collage or video.
  • Nearpod Lesson: https://share.nearpod.com/QDavRwS6RR

11/20 -

6th grade: "Be Internet Awesome" lesson/game entitled Interland, Reality River/Don't Fall for Fake. This teaches students about phishing and scams to get their personal information. https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/interland/reality-river

7th Grade: The Internet of Things - Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to

  • Define and desribe key terms related to virtual sysems and the Internet of things.
  • Identify the pros and cons of embedding Internet connections of everyday objects.
  • Discuss, write, and draw ways that everyday objects might use the Internet in the future.
  • Nearpod Lesson: https://share.nearpod.com/KbknRhzFSN

8th Grade: Designing Slides - Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to

  • Employ important components and design aspects in a presentation.
  • Create a presentation using Google Slides with charts.
  • Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of various choices in a given presentation.
  • Nearpod Lesson: https://share.nearpod.com/KbknRhzFSN


11/13 - 11/16 - Started beginner Google CS in the mornings before school

CS First projects involve block-based coding using Scratch. The CS First kit includes lesson plans and solution sheets for the teacher, as well as fun passports and stickers for the students.


The month of November was slower in regards to formal lessons, but it felt extremely busy and productive. I take the most pride, this month, in mastering the use of Nearpod as an instructional tool. This has been a goal of mine since last year, and I spent several days working through tutorials and creating slides to use with the 7th grade students who will engage in a significant research project on child labor. A focal point of this lesson was to instill in the students a new information literacy approach coming out of the great work of the Stanford History Education Group from California, where terrific lessons are being developed on civic online reasoning and lateral reading strategies. I also spent a great deal of time examining the resources recommended for the 7th grade ELA teachers in an "instructional coaching cycle" with GCS District's middle school liasion, Dr. Fran Rogers. This project will overlap into December. These resources include items from The Library of Congress, The National Archives and Records Administration, Common Lit, and Newsela. My last point of pride in November was helping 6th grade students in Ms. Penninger's classes learn to find copyright free images and then cite them properly in MLA format using NoodleTools--employing tutorials, guided practice, and screencasting. We focused primarily on Google Images and how to search using the advanced search feature to filter results for images free to use, share, and/or modify. This is an invaluable skill for our students who frequently struggle with the concept of copyright free image use. Ms. Cornish has been extremely busy with Chromebook repair issues, completing fixed assets (a complete inventory of everything in our school with a value of $250 or more...yikes!), and she has made a splendid beginning with the process of genrefying our collection. We are starting with horror/thriller, as that is the second most requested genre of books about which students ask!

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year, everyone! Come see us in the library!
Created By
Candace Walton


Candace Walton, Suzette Cornish

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