Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Odyssey by Homer

In the Spring Semester the 10th grade will read The Odyssey / by Homer; translated by Robert Fagles.

 The library will have a reserve collection for English II projects. 
  • Do you need to buy the Odyssey translated by Fagles? Amazon
  • Our online catalog provides a first chapter excerpt when you click to "details".
  • We have a number of nonfiction books and graphic novels to help understand Homer and his epic poems.

Ms. Akers recommendations:

Additional Library Sources 

GALE - Search term "Homer Greek Poet"

JSTOR  Search term "Homer Greek Poet"

  • The Journal of Hellenic Studies Coverage: 1880-2011 (Vols. 1-131)  Links to External Content: 2012 (Vol. 132) Published by: The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

Here are links to supplemental information about The Odyssey from Annenberg.

My favorite new Mythology additions to the library collection this year.

Percy Jackson's Greek gods / by Rick Riordan (2014)

"A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week."

Mythology / created by Basher; written by Mary Budzik. (2014)

    "The myths and stories of the gods and goddesses of the ancient world have a timeless appeal that captures the attention of generation after generation of children. Basher History: Mythology is an information-packed introduction to Greek/Roman, Norse and ancient Egyptian mythologies. Meet Zeus, father of the Greek gods (and learn that the Romans knew him as Jupiter), Norse Freyja, goddess of love, beauty, war and death, and Egyptian Bastet, goddess of cats, along with many others. This unique and upbeat guide is a legend in the making."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Reading

Some Recent Favorites

Read in September, 2014:   There are several commonalities with Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Jewel" by Amy Ewing. The Jewel has surrogate mothers who bear children for a "royal" class located in what seems to be a central city called the Jewel. This book does not however have the ritualized sex or sexual violence portrayed in "Handmaid's Tale". There is an element of magic in the book, but the most gripping scenes for me were from the human auction of surrogates.

THE WHITE ROSE  the second book in the Lone City trilogy will not be available until October 6, 2015

Read in June,  2012:  This "Fierce Read" left me wanting the sequel ASAP.  But I had to wait a year just like I have to wait for the second Ewing book above.  Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne is an apocalyptic / post-apocalyptic novel.  Most of the characters are children or teens, who survive a disaster and are taking refuge in a shopping mall.  Fortunately, this series is complete, and a good trilogy to read over the Holidays.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Visit with the three Webb Schools

Visit with the three Webb Schools 

Bell Buckle,TN - Claremont, CA - Knoxville,TN 

Julie Webb, Susan Howell [Webb archivist], Susie Webb Ries

On December 8, 2014 representatives from all three schools as well as members of the Webb family met to discuss our common traditions, and ways to preserve for posterity.

We created a display for the three schools and discussed upcoming milestones for the schools.

  • Webb Bell Buckle's Sesquicentennial in 2020
  • Webb California's Centennial in 2022.  
Video from the visit

When setting up the display we found information about the founding of each school in books.  These quotes were used in the display.

From "The School Maker" by Laurence McMillin
Regarding William R. "Sawney" Webb and John Maurice Webb founders of The Webb School of Bell Buckle
They had already decided to join forces and Sawney had acknowledged John to be the intellectual “star”: “In consequence of my failure to finish my course . . . I will have to do drudgery all my days and stick to the grammar & dictionary.  You will have to do the polishing for the firm of Webb & Company.”

At Horner’s in the fall of 1869, Captain Webb and a fellow teacher expatiated on an educational Utopia.

From "Thompson Webb: The Years at the Webb School 1922-1975" compiled by Thompson Webb, Jr. and Thompson Webb III
Regarding Thompson Webb founder of  Webb Schools of California [Sawney's son]
Ironically, Dad always said that the one thing that he didn’t want to do was to be a teacher.  He didn’t want to have anything to do with schools.  But when WWI came, the bottom dropped out of real estate in the Coachella Valley, and he sustained a devastating crop loss.  He was left with debts that forced him, first, to teaching in Bell Buckle for his father, W. R. “Sawney” Webb, and then to Claremont in 1922, where he started his own school on the grounds of the former Claremont School for Boys.  There he finally showed what he was really good at.  He could run a school, manage it well, and be admired for it.  He did not choose to be a schoolman; but once into administration, whether in summer camps or a school of his own, he found what he understood and did splendidly.

From "A Splendid Instinct" by Jack Neely
Regarding Bob Webb founder of Webb School of Knoxville [Sawney's grandson]
It was at Claremont that Webb began contemplating founding his own version of Webb School back in his hometown.  His aunt Vivian Webb was at 60 already something of a legend as the vivacious, tireless matriarch of Webb School of California.  “I talked more to Aunt Vivian than Uncle Thompson about starting the school.  She encouraged me to go ahead.”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Making Connections and Reading Together

Reading Together 

This year I am reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen with my 6th graders.  Reading a book together at the same pace with all students helps my auditory learners tremendously, and it helps other students with their listening skills if this is a weakness.
 There is no other time of day when you can "hear a pin drop"  like the read aloud time.  It helps that Hatchet has cliffhangers and suspense throughout.



Along with reading the book we were able to make a number of curricular connections.

  • Research Connections
  • Reading Connections
  • Survival Education Connections
  • Sensory Connections
  • Fiction / Non-fiction Connections
  • Critical Thinking
  • Teamwork and Discussion

We are using non-fiction books about survival to compliment the reading.  We also tasted dried Aronia berries.

We are partnering with our Wilderness Instruction and Leadership Development (WILD) program to combine the classroom with the outdoors.  The student leaders in this group demonstrated fire-building skills for the sixth-graders.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Annotated Bib

Accurate Scholars

The first big assignment for the Senior Project is due next Tuesday.

Minimum of 8 annotated citations due Tuesday, November 18, 2014. 
Sources should be: scholarly articles from a database, Internet sites like .edu, .gov, or from a professional association.  Do not cite Wikipedia as one of your 8 sources [you are welcome to scroll to the bottom and borrow the Wikipedia sources if those are scholarly]

How to write your annotation:

  • Summation of the source [focus on what is unique about the source]
  • A brief evaluation statement(s) [is this a "scholarly" source or not]
  • How the work is relevant to your research [How, specifically, do you intend to use the source (e.g. as evidence to support a claim, as a counter-argument, etc.)]

  • Research Databases

     Please Use Easy Bib -  

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Scholarly Sources

    Two big projects this week

    Physics project 

    We are a physics first school, so this course is for 9th grade and HS students new to Webb.
    Mr. Feldbruegge is assigning a physics research paper that requires the use of three scholarly sources.
    Mrs Little will visit non-AP classes to show databases and how to find a book in the library.
    Click here for Journals

    Ethics debates

    Mrs Little will visit Dr. Chapman's 10th grade Ethics classes.
    Resource for the Ethics Class Debate Opposing Viewpoints in context

    Thursday, November 06, 2014

    US ARMY visits today

    ARMY visits today  push up contest

     Come see the Veteran's day display

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014

    Meeting the authors


    I had the best time attending conferences this year.  The TASL Conference was awesome!
    There, I met Sharon Draper, Vince Vawter, and Annette Laing.

    Dr. Laing is a British American historian and author determined to make history fun and interesting for kids and teens.
    Checkout the author and her books

    Sharon Draper made an impression on both me and my best friend Blaine Little the Magic Mentalist.  She really liked the Magic. 

    Vince Vawter is awesome ... and he is from Tennessee!  I must have him visit my school.
    Hope to arrange a visit in the Spring.

    We plan to read his book Paperboy with the sixth graders, in January.   The paperback comes out December 23rd.

    Saturday, November 01, 2014

    Halloween in the Library

    Halloween Costumes

    Some students had book and media inspired costumes.
    This student was inspired by "Rosie the Riveter"
    We have a documentary in the library about Rosie

    These students are fans of Laura Numeroff's "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie"   Ms Numeroff tweeted a reply to our photo

    This Student is a fan of Scott Westerfeld's -
    Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras 

    Dance in the Library

    We also held a Dance in the library over the weekend 

    Card Games

    Green Screen

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Visit with Michael Aranda

    Visit with Michael Aranda

    Video artist/producer and musician Michael Aranda was a guest artist at The Webb School on Oct. 22, 2014.

    Of course, all of us library folks know him from the vlogbrothers Hank & John Green  DFTBA

    Michael posed for a READ poster and we experimented with the Green Screen

    See thru ???
    Does it have to be fiction??

    Thanks for informative visit!

    Checkout some of Michael's work

    Sunday, October 19, 2014

    Conference Season is upon us

    Conference Season is upon us -
    I am excited to be attending TASL and TAIS this year

    It will be the year to learn about "apps" for me.  For the first time I am using apps every day to communicate with patrons and in teaching.  I hope the apps presented are not all I-apps since I tend toward Kindle and PC products.  Would love "I-stuff" it is just not affordable.

    Speaking of apps ... I am using the guidebook app for the TASL conference.  It is quite convenient.

    The Tennessee Association of School Librarians presents  TASL Conference 2014

    October 23 – October 25  Speakers Include:  Vince Vawter, Chris Grabenstein, Jessica Young, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jackie Mims Hopkins, Adam Gidwitz, Sharon Cameron, Mike Mullin, Kirby Larson, Mary Nethery

    Doug Johnson

    Sharon M. Draper

    TASL Pre-conferences 2014

    Apps @ Your School: Mobile Technology in Action -  Melissa Jacobs-Israel, founder and current chair of the AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee and Dr. Melissa Johnston, Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama in Library and Information Studies present Apps @ Your School: Mobile Technology in Action.

    A Novel Conversation - Back for the third year, enjoy A Novel Conversation with regional all-stars at this joint scholarship fundraiser presented by TASL in conjunction with the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  Participants will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with authors and illustrators.  This year’s lineup includes David Arnold,  Kristin Tubb, Courtney C. Stevens and more.

    The Tennessee Association of Independent Schools TAIS biennial conference 2014

    Key Note Speakers - Dr. John Medina, and Maggie Jackson

    Other Featured Speakers - Dr. Sybril Bennett, Paris Goodyear-Brown and Renee Soulis

    • Big Research/ Small Steps - Presenters:  Katy Berotti & Catherine Kelly - Girls Preparatory School
    • Space to Innovate: Creating a Place for Collaboration and Exploration - Presenter:  Julie King - Episcopal School of Knoxville
    • Google Chrome Apps and Extensions - Presenter:  Mark Littlefield - University School of Nashville
    • Libology: Merging Library and Technology (No Surgery Required) - Presenters:  Ginann Franklin, Kevin Goscha, Melissa Powers, & Levi Hamilton - Currey Ingram Academy
    • Librarians (Upper School) Roundtable
    • Reel Them in With Books: How to Host an Effective Parent Book Study - Presenter:  Charlotte Scholl, Jeanna Reid, & Layne Pickens - Battle Ground Academy

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    The High School to College Transition

    Young Alums panel - speak to college transition
    Three short months is all that separates a high school senior from a college freshman.  Are we preparing our students for college, career and life?  I am the Library director and the lead Senior class advisor at my college preparatory, independent school.  In conjunction with our alumni office, we just finished a three-day conference for high school seniors to prepare them for the college transition.  

    Helpful Articles:

    The expert in high school to college transition is Harlan Cohen author of "The Naked Roommate"

    Five Helpful Titles for Selecting a College by Lilian Calix, Hamilton Grange Library

    Why college freshmen need to take Emotions 101 By Valerie Strauss

    The personal touch in a digital world By Meredith Farkas

    For the parents
    The College Transition: How to Parent When Your Child Leaves Home Rachel Simmons 

    We also have a senior capstone project to introduce college-level research.  To fully prepare students, we require primary research for the capstone project.  Additionally, each paper is presented to the student body in the Spring semester.

    The topics look very interesting this year.  
    A few that are particularly intriguing - 

    • Rehabilitation programs available in prison.  
    • Book to Movie - why people feel betrayed when a movie doesn't capture the book
    • Soccer Players and their Retirement

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Focus on Reading

    Focus on Reading

    I am back to school and focused on reading for 6th grade

    Close Reading
    Back to School: Six Strategies for Effective Close Reading

    Reading Difficult texts
    Five Keys to Helping Students Read Difficult Texts

    Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

    Reading For Pleasure

    Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows

    Reading for pleasure to support the engagement and motivation of learners

    Reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom, study finds

    Reading to Connect

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Freedom To Read

    The Webb School Library and Archives celebrates "Banned Books Week"

    The national Banned Books Week planning committee, announced that this year's celebration of the freedom to read will emphasize a thematic focus on comics and graphic novels. This year's Banned Books Week will shine a light on this still misunderstood form of storytelling and will celebrate the value of graphic novels to readers from all walks of life through the work performed by Banned Books Week sponsors and individual librarians, retailers and readers from all over the world

    Book Display

    "What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist." @ 

    Mrs Little with Salman Rushdie