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Welcome to the Mediapprentice Blog. It is the online home of the Maple School LMC. My hope is that you will find excellent resource links for reading and research as well as informative posts.

My philosophy is that this is your LMC. This is your academic and reading playground. Your voice is important. Please comment and post your ideas and thoughts. If you choose, you may email me at akauth@district30.org to input your ideas. Also, check out the Suggestion Box on the menu above.

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Library Schedule •• 2018 – 2019

December 10 - December 14 •• Chris Rylander Visits 6th Grade 🙂 ••
Period Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Before School Open @ 8:00 CLOSED Open @ 8:00 Open @ 8:00 Open @ 8:00
After School Open until 4:45 Open until 4:45 Open until 4:45 Open until 4:45 Open until 3:40
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Maple’s Research Web

For any research project remember this web:

Define your information need; pre-search; formulate curiosity questions. What is your assignment? Has the teacher defined your research topic for you or do you need to develop a topic yourself? If you need to develop a topic choose something you are interested in, making sure it is not too broad nor too narrow. Whether your topic is assigned or you choose it yourself, what do you already know about this topic? What are you curious about? Ask yourself who, what, where, why, how, and when questions. What are the required elements your teacher has assigned? Begin to “pre-search” your topic to get further background. As you pre-search, build a list of keywords that will help you find deeper resources.

Discover possible resources. Now that you know a little about your topic through pre-searching, what resources can you use to find deeper information? You will need to use at least three types of resources but it is good to use more. Be creative. Don’t restrain yourself to the same-old-same-old. We know that books, websites, and online encyclopedias are good resources, but what else can you think of? Are there primary documents you could use? Could you interview someone? Is there a museum you could go to? Can you send away for a pamphlet? Don’t confine yourself to the same old resources just because they might be handier.

Locate your resources and evaluate them. Using your keyword list, start gathering your resources. When using the Internet, don’t forget to use the website evaluation tool found in EasyBib. Remember, you need to evaluate every resource, not just websites.

Take notes to answer your questions or add new questions. Once you have gathered some resources, create your new project in EasyBib. As you begin to take notes from a source, first create a citation in EasyBib. On the subject of note taking, there are many tools for note taking and your teachers will discuss this with you. Whatever tool you use for notes, make sure to organize them and keep your sources cited in EasyBib. As you take notes, connect each note to the source it comes from. This will help you return to the source in the future, and also give you the information you need to create an in-text citation. Reflect along the way: Are you answering your curiosity questions? Are there new directions your research should go? Do you need more information? Do you need more resources? Are you fulfilling the requirements from your teacher?

Process the new information and decide how to convey what you have learned.  When you think about the facts you have gathered and add your own unique perspective and understanding to the topic, you synthesize the information. Depending on your assignment and your intended audience, you will create a final project that shows what you know. Try to choose a way to show your audience your knowledge that is true to the fantastic individual person that you are. Be creative.

Reflect on the research process as you are working. Take a moment to think back on your research. What went well along the way? What were your roadblocks? Did you find the answers you were looking for? Did you have to adjust your questions? Were you able to find helpful resources? If you could rewind and do this process all over, what would you do differently?

(Our research steps are based on a combination of the Big6 and IIM research models.)

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8th Grade World Language Trips

Last week, I was fortunate to accompany 8th Grade Spanish classes to the Pilsen neighborhood where we visited the National Museum of Mexican Art. While every year the art and symbolism found in the Day of the Dead exhibits have left beautiful impressions in my memory, this year’s exhibits were at once breathtaking and profound. One exhibit honored the martyrdom of many activists who gave their lives fighting to protect the environment and Indigenous peoples of Central America. Another Altar was created to honor our homeless dead who go unnamed and unclaimed by  loved ones. Articles of clothing or possessions found with the deceased were incorporated into the display.

Thank you to our World Language teachers who provide our students with meaningful and educational immersions into the cultures of others.

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Speed-Dating in the Library!! (With a Book!!) 🙂

Eighth grade ELA classes had the opportunity to be acquainted with a variety of engaging books. Each student spent 3 minutes with a book as nearly 21 books were rotated in a class block. Students were given a sampling of what each book had to offer as they explored story blurbs on the inside and backside of the cover. They were also instructed to read a few pages into the book to decide if the book was the right fit for them. At the end of the period, students logged into their online catalog account to create a personalized book list of titles that interested them, which they can access from anywhere at any time. The idea came from a blog written by a veteran ELA teacher.

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Family Reading Night

Family Reading Night will be celebrated across the state of Illinois on Thursday, November 16. Setting aside time to read together as a family is a great gift to give to your children. Making a family reading night a once-a-week event will give your children memories they will cherish while instilling excellent habits. Finding a great book to read aloud is even more fun! Kids are never too old to enjoy a book being read to them. You might find that you aren’t too old for it either. 🙂


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Students find time to socialize, braid each others’ hair, and read new magazines in the library before school.

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Book Fair

The Spring Book Fair will be in the library all day Tuesday and Wednesday. Don’t forget to bring your $$ to pick out some great summer reads!!  Thank you PTO for bringing the Book Fair to Maple.

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NPL Librarian Visits

Sarah Rustman will visit all 6th and 7th grade ELA classes Monday, May 22. She will talk about the Northbrook Public Library summer programs and also book talk some exciting books for you to read over the summer.

On Thursday, May 25, Summer Kosuge will visit with 8th grade. Like Sarah, she will meet with the ELA classes to talk about the NPL summer opportunities and also book talk more high school level books for you.


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Reading is Fun in the LMC

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6th Grade Booktalk Gallery Walk

This summer, incoming Maple 6th grade students chose a realistic fiction novel for their summer read. To share their books with classmates, students created posters in an Amazon format. Posters were displayed in the library where the students could do a ‘gallery walk’ to learn about other books they would want to read.  Sixth Grade ELA teacher Cindy Sheridan said, “They added the titles and authors of books that looked interesting to them to their “Want to Read” list in their writer’s notebooks.  The library provided the perfect space for our gallery walk!”

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Rebecca Caudill and Summer Reading

Below are the 2018 Rebecca Caudill nominees. You may start reading them now for next school year. We’ll keep track of the titles you read when you get to school in the Fall.

2018 Rebecca Caudill List

Our summer reading suggestion list may be accessed from this link:

Maple Summer Reading

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Author April Henry Visited with 7th Grade

Author April Henry Advises Kids to Follow Their Dreams
Young adult author April Henry was candid about how she grew up poor, but her home was always “rich in books”, because her family spent a lot of time at the local library and reading.

She spoke to Maple School seventh graders on May 2 in the library media center. The author of many exciting mysteries for young adults like “The Body in the Woods,” “The Girl I Used To Be,” Ms. Henry gave inspirational advice to the students, and discussed the ways in which she researches her books.

She discussed how she wrote her first book in “fifth or sixth grade” and sent it to renowned author Roald Dahl, who was very complimentary of her work. He even added that his wife and daughter enjoyed her story as well!

However, Ms. Henry didn’t write again until eight years later. That book was “Circles of Confusion.”

“Don’t give up your dreams of success. You are the only one who can say you can’t do something,” stated Ms. Henry.

She said that she gets book ideas from the news; and has gone to police academy to learn more about crime, so that her books are accurate.

A policemen told her that many crime novels are inaccurate because of the writer’s inexperience and/or lack of research.

“Work hard to be better. I believe in perseverance,” she said.

“Do you want to be a writer? Be a reader,” was displayed in her slide show.

A quesion-and-answer session followed; and she signed books purchased by students.

Anderson’s Book Shop arranged the visit. They are the Maple PTO’s book vendor this year. They have arranged free author visits for each grade level at Maple this year!

Beth Preis
Publicity Coordinator
Northbrook/Glenview SD 30
2374 Shermer Road
Northbrook, IL 60062

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Game of Thrones

Mrs. Panitch thought you might enjoy this article about author George R. R. Martin, creator of Game of Thrones. He is an alum of Northwestern and credits lessons he learned there for the writer he is today. Thank you Mrs. Panitch. 🙂

Blackwell, Elizabeth Canning. “Game Master.” Northwestern Spring 2016: 16-23. Print.
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Comfy in the LMC


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Looking for a good book?

If you are looking for something great to read, try one of these books that were nominated for our Fiction Madness bracket:

Clockwork Angel: Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles

Legend by Marie Lu

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Unstoppable by Tim Green

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Paper Towns by John Green

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Lost Crown by Sarah Miller

Boy In the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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Author Arwen Elys Dayton Visits 8th Grade


Science fiction author Arwen Elys Dayton talked to eighth graders about story development on March 18.

Author Arwen Elys Dayton Inspires Maple Eighth Graders

Young adult author of science fiction, Arwen Elys Dayton knew she wanted to be a writer when she was eight years old. That is when she wrote her first stories and shared them with “anyone who would listen.”  She told this to Maple School eighth graders during a visit to the school on March 18.

Ms. Dayton has written the popular science fiction series, Seeker, Traveler and Resurrection, and The Young Dread and Sovereigns Hold.

When she was young, Ms. Dayton lived in the country, and was always a day dreamer, adding that it helped her imagination run free while developing story ideas. She commented that her stories always seemed to involve adventure, were futuristic and verged on being “creepy.”

“As an adult, I get ideas while driving, taking a shower, or jogging. While I was jogging, I got the idea for the book Seeker, which is being made into a movie by Columbia Studios.  The person who wrote Jungle Book is creating the script,” said Ms. Dayton.

Seeker is about a girl named Quin who “fights beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they stand for light in a shadowy world,” according to Ms. Dayton.

She explained some tips to the students about how to develop science fiction stories; asking them to write the lead of a story during a 10 minute time period. Tips to story development included getting away from distractions and letting the imagination run wild; eavesdropping; and thinking of embarrassing situations.

She gave the kids even more concrete ideas about how to develop a story.

“Take the time to become interested in a person who is in your life somehow that you have noticed, but have never given him/her much attention. Write down something you could find out about that person, and create a mystery. Read an imaginative story!” advised Ms. Dayton.

Student volunteers read their story ideas. One girl’s story revolved around “a planet not yet soiled by human beings.”

According to her website http://www.arwendayton.com, Ms. Dayton “spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by a single fading flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States.”

Follow the author @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram, or reach her by email at arwenelysdayton@gmail.com.

This author visit was arranged by eighth grade Language Arts teacher Lorene Schramm and library media specialist, Amy Kauth.

Beth Preis

Publicity Coordinator
Northbrook/Glenview SD 30
2374 Shermer Road
Northbrook, IL 60062


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Avi and Brian Floca’s Visit

On Friday October 16, Newbery Medal author Avi and Caldecott Medal illustrator Brian Floca visited with our 6th graders at Maple. Avi and Brian spoke about the writing, editing, and illustration process and shared their new book Old Wolf. Ms. Sheridan, Mrs. Fosco, Mr. Bryant, Mr. Brekke and Ms. Nettelhorst prepared our students for this visit. The timing of this visit was perfect by supporting the current curriculum in both ELA and Art with real-world applications.

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Avi and Brian Floca to Speak with Our 6th Grade


The author/illustrator team of Avi and Brian Floca, who recently collaborated on the book Old Wolf, plan to visit the 6th graders at Maple on October 16th. As an award winning author, Avi has written over 60 children’s books including his Newbery Medal Winner Crispin: the cross of lead. Brian Floca is an author and illustrator who has collaborated on many books with Avi. Brian is the winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal for his book Locomotive

Avi and Brian will be signing their new book, Old Wolf on the morning of October 16.

Click here to access the book order form. Have your student drop off the form to your school library as soon as possible. You may pay with cash or check made out to Maple School.

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First Open Mic of the ’15-’16 School Year

6th and 7th grades had an awesome turn out for the first Open Mic of our new school year. Poetry and songs were shared and enjoyed. Take a look:

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Inspirational Quotes


Last year, we asked the students to select inspirational quotes from a stack of sheets we laid out on the table. Then, after compiling the 64 selected quotes into a survey, the 8th graders and staff were asked to select their top ten. From that survey, the top nine are now installed on our high walls in the middle section of the library. Thank you class of 2015 and last year’s staff for taking the time to select these inspirational quotes. One student came in this year and was so overcome with how awesome they are, that he has decided to take one quote per week to focus on.

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