Persuasive Podcasts

Ms. Biehl and Ms. Saxon’s second grade Spectrum class have been persuading once again!  After they wrote persuasive letters to me about books that we needed in our media center, they worked with me on writing book reviews in persuasive ways.  We studied the book reviews on School Library Journal, Spaghetti Book Club, and our own media center blog to see what was needed in a book review.  Then, students thought of ways to include persuasion to try to convince people to read the books they were writing about.  They worked on these pieces in their classrooms.  The students came back to the media center once again with their final drafts and recorded their writing as a podcast using Audacity.  The podcasts can be found on our media center webpage under book talks. and they are also linked here.

The Lorax Yoko’s Paper Cranes Beezus and Ramona

Hardy Boys: Ocean of Osyria Cowboy Jose Bad Case of the Stripes

Bubble Gum Bubble Gum Dinosaurs Walked Here Empress of China

I Spy Fantasy Lightning Thief The Little Island

Wild About Books Caps for Sale I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato

Jackalope Merry Christmas Princess Dinosaur Adventures of Daniel Boom

Little Witch’s Black Magic Cookbook Tin Lizzie Zen Ties

John Philip Duck

What Makes a Library a Library?

My librarian friend, Buffy Hamilton, recently posed a question to all of her librarian colleagues:  “What makes a library a library?”  Her question originally came from another blogger friend Sarah Houghton-Jan’s post

This morning I made my way through our Barrow media center asking our Barrow students this very question and here is what they had to say:

WHAT MAKES A LIBRARY???

What do you think makes a library a library?  Leave a comment.

Author Podcasts

I’m a huge fan of going places where I can hear authors talk about their writing.  It’s inspires me to read more and to write more.  Thanks to the many forms of online resources, authors can come to us in the form of podcasts.  Harper Collins has a great site full of author podcasts.  Check it out and see if one of your favorite authors has something to say about his or her writing.  One of the featured authors is Sharon Creech.  We will be getting her book, The Unfinished Angel, very soon thanks to our Book Builder Program.