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CYBERBEE: Reading Reconnaissance

By Linda C. Joseph - Posted Jan 1, 2008
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Finding just the right book that will grab a student’s interest is like looking for Waldo. Tracking down books that correlate with specific curriculum areas and topics for study can be daunting. What is a library media specialist to do? Use every tool in your arsenal as well as lessons and booklists that have already been prepared and are just waiting to be uncovered by the savvy searcher. This collection of websites will serve as a starting point in your quest to recommend the best books to meet the needs of students and teachers.


Reading Booklists and Lessons


Integrate art into a host of curriculum areas, including language arts. Click on Lessons under the Teach heading. Then, conduct a search by selecting the art topic, additional subject area, and grade level. Choosing music, language arts, and grades 5–8 returned lessons such as Civil War music, Little Women, and Set a Poem to Music. Additional links provide connections to teaching strategies and ways to participate in community cultural events.


Search or browse over a hundred outstanding lessons that encourage students to actively read and write. For instance, high school students might analyze poetic devices in Robert Hayden’s Those Winter Sundays. Elementary students might compare the plot and setting characteristics in several versions of Cinderella. Numerous reviewed websites augment each lesson. EDSITEment is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, Verizon Foundation, and the National Trust for the Humanities.

Read Write Think


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