“A Book That Shaped Me” Essay Contest: The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest.
The “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) will mark its 15th anniversary since its establishment in 2001. The theme of this year’s festival is “I cannot live without books,” a famous statement by Thomas Jefferson.
Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2015 are eligible. Essays, focused on a single book, should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form, in person, at participating public library locations. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 10, 2015.
More information available at this link: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-080.html
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Like our ancestors, we look up at the heavens and wonder. What is the structure of the universe? How significant are we? Are we alone? To commemorate the acquisition of The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive, the Library of Congress presents an exploration of these questions across the breadth of its collections and offers a first glimpse into Carl Sagan’s papers. This is a wonderfully comprehensive repository of primary source research documents.
This term, I’ll archive course emails here for easier retrieval. Great when you are away from email but need to remember an important course component. Feel free to comment here with questions.
Our Course: INST342.34 – Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
Orientation: July 7 – July 9
Week 1: July 9 – July 15
Week 2: July 16 – July 22
Week 3: July 23 – July 29
Week 4: July 30 – August 5
Week 5: August 6 – August 12
Week 6: August 13- August 19
PBS Teacherline: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/
Library of Congress Exhibitions
Main Library of Congress website
As you return to school, consider tranferring your printed resources into podcasts.
Here is a podcast by Tremaine Jackson and Deborah Tarsiewicz explaining the growing popularity of the genre, Steampunk novels. What I like is the transferability of your hardcopy texts to Web 2.0 tools such as Podcasts. As explained in a previous post on podcasts, I like Pod-0-Matic, a free podcast conversion utility.
Give a listen:
Some uses for Podcasts:
website greeting for parents
daily/weekly class annoucement on your website or blog
student projects –poem recitations, stories, biographies, summaries of novels, historical periods, current event
weekly “TeacherTalk” diaglogue starring you and a colleague
General Tips for Podcasts:
keep language concise, direct, and lively
keep podcasts short…less than 4 minutes
add texture with music, sound effects
Great source for Podcasts:
Library of Congress–my personal favorite
click here to read more about incorporating social media in your classroom (pdf download)