COURSE/SUBJECT TITLE: Library
Library skills at Camden-Rockport Middle School are taught by the librarian in conjunction with the various subject areas as well in focused 5th and 6th grade Anchor library skills classes.
Throughout grades 5-8, the library is available to students for fiction and nonfiction reading on a wide variety of reading levels. Each month, approximately 1000 books circulate. The collection is wide-ranging in order to meet the needs of the different ages, maturity, reading levels, and interests of the students as well as to support, the curriculum.
Each 5th grader attends focused orientation sessions early in the school year to ensure that student are familiar with and comfortable using the library. These sessions focus on book location, care and feeding of books, appropriate library behavior, genres, fiction and nonfiction, book selection, etc. These students also learn how to appropriately use of the library website, catalog, and Destiny Quest. Later in the school year, 5th graders use the libraryâ€™s resources to research the key attributes of the thirteen colonies. Throughout the year, 5th graders visit the library with their classroom teachers to select and check out library books and Nooks.
During the 22 session 5th grade Anchor library skills unit, 5th grade students are introduced to research using both print and non-print primary and secondary sources, note-taking, outlining, and works cited (attribution of sources) within a framework based on Benjamin Franklin.
Library skills are expanded in Grade 6, through Social Studies with extensive use of indices, glossaries, atlases, biographical dictionaries, etc. Students hone their skills during original, hands on units on Westward Expansion, the U.S. Civil War, Boom or Bust (the 1920s and 1930s), and World War II. In 6th grade Science, students use the library to research, take notes on, and cite sources on minerals, topics in space, and the environment.
During the 22 session 6th grade Anchor library skills unit, each student does an in-depth research project on a topic which corresponds with the Social Studies unit they are currently studying. During the first session, the topics are in the area of Westward Expansion. During second session, 6th graders will explore topics in the Civil War. Third session students will research topics related to the 1920s and 1930s. The final session will focus on topics in World War II. Finished research projects are showcased in 6th grade Social Studies classes.
During Grade 7, students research and create biographical sketches of famous women in Language Arts during She-Search, again reinforcing their research, attribution, and writing skills. Seventh graders also use the library during Social Studies to research key topics in U.S. history from WWII to the present as well as countries of the world during their World Tour. Through Family and Consumer Science class, students use the library explore the world of childrenâ€™s books, learning to select appropriate stories and practicing reading to young children. In Science, 7th graders research endangered species from a biome perspective.
8th graders continue to build on their research skills. In Social Studies, they learn the art of embedded attribution while researching and writing a five-paragraph essay on Ancient Greece. During the Author Podcast research unit, students chose an author to research, take notes, and create a biographical podcast which they record and share with their classmates. Students also research current controversial issues and write persuasive essays, practicing their organizational, note-taking, and works cited skills. In Science, students will also use the library to research a variety of topics. In addition to using the library for research, 8th graders also have sustained silent reading sessions on a regular basis during their Anchor block.