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Friday, April 12 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Putting Nonfiction Books in the Hands of Middle Schoolers: Students Own the Learning

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What's out there for nonfiction that can capture the minds and imaginations of middle schoolers? How can our students help us to know which quality texts are most relevant to them?  Join Sue Kalmakis and Beth Beaulieu to view the book reviews created by 6th graders at Parker Middle School. This project was the teachers' first experience using technology tools to make the ELA classroom a digital learning farm. The students' digital creations are meant to be a resource to teachers across the district for suggestions about middle school and sometimes upper elementary appropriate texts.  Lots of books and presentations will be shared as well as a URL for future reference. If anyone attended Sue Kalmakis' book talks in the past, this is an update with a nod to the Common Core State Standards' emphasis on nonfiction and a reflection of work from Expanding the Boundaries of Teaching and Learning.

Friday April 12, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am EDT