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.
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.