Last issue, we identified a few of the new online resources from GPAEA. So, on a practical level, what does that mean for your teaching?
1. In Literary Reference Center Plus, you will find Critical Insights for books including titles such as The Great Gatsby, Great Expectations as well as authors, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, and Charles Dickens and hundreds more. To accomplish the goals of Common Core, you need text. You will find in this EBSCO subscription, sections for Most Studied Authors or Works and links to Full-Text Classics.
2. In Poetry & Short Story Reference Center you will find Most Studied Poems, Short Stories and Analyses, along with a section of Forms & Techniques. Searching for the poem, O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman – you find not only analysis, but also the full-text.
O Captain! My Captain! By Walt Whitman – full-text http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=prf&AN=76614311&site=prc-live
Select “Curriculum Standards” in Literary Reference Center Plus to find the Iowa Core CCSS Supplement for Literacy, 2010. Example for grades 11-12, Literacy in History/Social Studies – Reading and Writing. More details at the site.
Other features in EBSCO Literary Reference Center Plus include “Curriculum Standards” resources and links to the Iowa Core CCSS Supplement for Literacy, 2010. Here is an example for grades 11-12, Literacy in History/Social Studies – Reading and Writing. There are more details at the site.
- Key Ideas and Details
- Craft and Structure
- Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
- Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
- Text Types and Purposes
- Production and Distribution of Writing
- Research to Build and Present Knowledge
- Range of Writing
Literary Reference Center Plus
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
3. TeachingBooks.net – new from Iowa AEA Online
TeachingBooks.net contains information about the authors and support for teaching the book or enjoying the reading. It does not necessarily contain full text, although some titles do have reader’s theater scripts or readings from the book.
For the book, The Hunger Games, you will find 15 multi-media resources including
- the author’s personal website and the author’s page on TeachingBooks.net
- a video recording of a reading from the book by Suzanne Collins as well as an excerpt read and produced by Scholastic
- multiple lesson plans links
- reader’s theater script for an excerpt of the book
- interview with the author
Pair with the SNAP Media Catalog: http://snap.gpaea.k12.ia.us
You will find that you not only have access to many copies of the book, but when searching a title and checking the boxes for the Media Types below, you also connect to the TeachingBooks.net site.
Here are the directions for a sample Advanced Search and what you will find by selecting these Media Types in your search for the book.
First – Select Advanced Search
Second – Enter Search phrase: Hunger Games
Third – Check the boxes for these Media Types
Media Types to check in an Advanced Search:
- Under Books: Audio – we have Playaways and CD versions of the book.
- Under Books: Trade/Library – we have 30 individual copies on the shelf.
- Under Books: Boxed Books – we have 5 boxes. Each box contains 10 copies of the book.
- Under TeachingBooks.net – you will be linked out to the TeachingBooks.net website for their page on The Hunger Games – http://www.teachingbooks.net/qlbd8qi
Another great example shared by Wapello Schools is this search for The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney.
- Under Books: Trade/Library – we have 9 individual copies on the shelf.
- Under TeachingBooks.net – you will be linked out to the TeachingBooks.net website for their page on the Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney – http://www.teachingbooks.net/qlaoqw7
- Available: Full-length book reading / author pronunciation / author interview / lesson plans
There are many more ways you can use these new databases. Try them out and see what you discover! Questions – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Steingreaber, GPAEA Media Specialist