Welcome to Mediapprentice Blog

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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Rebecca Caudill Reading List

Here are the 2017 Rebecca Caudill nominees. We’ll keep track of the titles you read in the library.



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Library Schedule – 2016-2017

MAP Testing - Week of May 1 - May 5
Period Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Before School Open @ 7:55 Closed Closed Open @ 7:55 Open @ 7:55
1 Closed Closed Closed
2 Closed Closed Closed
3 Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
4 Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
5 Closed Closed Closed
6 Closed Closed Closed
7 Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
8 Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
9 Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
10 Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
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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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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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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Welcome Back


The 2015-2016 school year is off to a great start at Maple. A few highlights in the library are:

  • the addition of Mrs. King-Mulvihill using the computer lab area for her classes this year as we have added Project Lead the Way to our curriculum and they are using Mrs. KM’s old room.
  • the addition of inspirational quotes on the upper walls around the middle section. I’ll explain their selection in the next post.
  • the creation of a library teen advisory board. We are currently in the middle of receiving applications from 7th and 8th Graders interested in having an impact on library programming and book selection. I will share more about this cool new group in future posts as we develop our mission and tasks.
  • the bi-weekly chat and chew offered during lunch recess for students to informally chat with me about what they are reading. Yes, everyone who shares is offered an Oreo cookie. 🙂

All parents and staff are welcomed to stop in the library to sit and relax. Maybe put your feet up and read for awhile. Come see why the kids like to be here.

Welcome back! 🙂

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Last Open Mic of the Year

Our last Open Mic was a fun occasion to end the 2014-2015 school year. We said good-bye to 8th graders who performed in Open Mic since 6th grade. We will miss your talent and your support of each other. There were so many 6th graders signed up that we needed to add a second day to give everyone their chance to shine – and shine they did!!

See you next year!! 🙂

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LMC After School

At Maple, we are fortunate to stay open Monday through Thursday until 4:45. Students work on group projects, complete their homework while sitting next to friends, or just socialize and unwind from the day.

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February Open Mic

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We had a great turn out for Open Mic today. All grades came to the library for their lunch recess and the atmosphere was extremely supportive for our performers. Thanks to all of you that participated and shared your voice, both musical and spoken.

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Shout out to Tech!

Just sending a big thank you to our tech support, Jeff Loppnow, for being vigilantly available to us on Career Day. Jeff, we felt very supported! 🙂


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The library was the setting for the school level competition of the National Geographic Society’s 2015 National Geographic Bee. Congratulations to all who participated and especially to our winner, Khangai!

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