I hope everyone had a great Fall Break!

Today was our library day at school. The students checked-out, renewed, and turned in their library books to Ms. Butler. Ms. Butler also talked to the students about reliable websites and how to find a website that is credible and worthy of using in a research paper.

Your student will be expected to write a research paper this year in most of their classes. I know that the students are preparing to work on an essay in science class right now and we are also currently working on a narrative writing piece. Later in the year we will spend some time going through the research process to find primary sources to support an argument. Ms. Butler shared some wonderful information with the students that should really help them to begin thinking about this process.

The best source that we have access to is the Kentucky Virtual Library website. I will be sharing the password and log-in information with the students this week and will ask them to keep it inside of their agenda or in a safe place. KYVL is paid for by Fayette County Public Schools and is a wealth of information! Not only can students find articles to support their claims, but their is a great website called NoveList which will recommend similar books to students based on other books that they liked. I have paired a lot of students up with similar books that they read using this website and it really is helpful!

Homework:

Read 20 minutes on your mystery/horror genre book to prepare for your book talk on Thursday, October 24.

(note: I opted to schedule the book talk on a Thursday so we could finish them up on Friday. I also opted to do the book talks on the 24th instead of the 31st so that the kids would have an extra week to prepare their book talk before Thanksgiving break and three weeks before winter break.)

~Mrs. Finley

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