Welcome to the John Paul II Catholic School Library Page
Ms. Lamb ~ Librarian ~ Happy Reading
Quick Look at items on the JPII Library Page
NEW ITEM - Sainthood
What do good readers do?
Suggested Reference Books for Home Use
Study Skills TOP TIPS
Other Library Links
Caldecott Medal Books
Newbery Medal Books
Help! Library and Information Searching Skills
Copyright ~ Plagiarism ~ Responsibility
Citation ~ Bibliography ~ Examples
Evaluating the Internet ~ AAOCC
Useful Links By Catagory
NEW ITEM - RUBRIC for 8th Grade Poster
Article by Notre Dame Professor and Priest regarding becoming a saint
What do good readers do?
What types of things should we think about and write about when we are reading.
Motivation that seems to make the character act a certain way
Plot – beginning, middle, end – “what comes next”
Opinion versus fact
Questions you may have
Make connections to things we already know
Reviewing and Summarizing
Writing about each story: main ideas, character descriptions, vocabulary, etc.
All homes should have age appropriate reference books for students here are some suggestions:
Dictionaries ~ Macmillan, American Heritage, and Webster’s 10th or 11th editions
Atlases ~ Hammond, DK, Rand McNally
Almanac ~ World Almanac, Time, Information Please
Thesaurus ~ Roget’s 21st edition Note, that this should be in Dictionary format for ease of use
Encyclopedia ~ Print copy or CD Rom are suitable several are available online as well. World Book, Encarta, Comptons, and others
STUDY SKILLS (SSK) TOP TIPS
Use Theta Scans at night just before sleep. This valuable time is when the brain converts short term memory items into long term.
Use your planner. A calendar is vital to stay on target with short term and long term assignments. During family time, have all members of the family compare their calendars and planners with school, family, and extracurricular activities. Create a school supplies kit
Car Kit and Home KITS are great and can help parents avoid last moment trips to the store and waisted time waiting in the car for the next activity. Include items such as:
Pens, pencils, map pencils, glue stick, tape, scissors (rounded not sharp), sharpener, eraser, sharpie, ruler, protractor, compass, paper [plain and ruled] , graph paper, construction paper.
Home Kit (remember this is for homework not the usual crafts) A laundry basket, box, or tote will easily hold all of these except the poster board (under the sofa or bed are ideal for poster storage).
Pens, pencils, map pencils, markers, glue sticks, tape, scissors, sharpener, eraser, sharpie, ruler, protractor, compass, paper [plain and ruled] , graph paper, construction paper, poster paper [several sheets and a couple of colors], a few old newspapers, a few magazines for picture and cutting out, a couple of paper towel and toilet paper tubes, a paper bag or two, pipe cleaners, reinforcements, paper clips, stapler and staples, etc.
All students should have a public library card, usually at little or no cost. If you have questions about local public libraries or library cards, contact your local library or Ms. Lamb.
The public libraries in the Houston and surrounding areas have many programs that benefit all ages. Links below can lead you to more information for the public library near you. If you have more questions, please ask Ms. Lamb for more assistance.
John Paul II Catholic School Subscription Electronic Database Information ~ Please contact Ms. Lamb or Mrs. Raymond for the usernames and passwords.
Britannica School URL: http://school.eb.com
Britannica Expanol URL: Http://spanish.eb.com
Facts on File URL : http://www.fofweb.com
Parents - Students will be graded on knowing content of Study Skills Program Materials. You can help your students by being proactive. Encourage and ask your child about study skills learned and how each skill can help them be more successful at school and at home.
SCORER: How to take a test.
Schedule your time.
Clue words-find them in the directions or questions and circle them.
Omit difficult questions first around.
Read directions and questions carefully.
Review entire test before turning in.
SLOWER: How to write essays and research papers.
Select a topic you can handle.
List ideas about your topic.
Order your ideas.
Write a first draft.
Examine draft for errors.
Revise before turning in final copy.
Pages - replacing(SQ3R): How to read a textbook and remember the information
Preview - prescan book or chapter, create a content map
Ask- ask your own questions, what are the author's questions
Gather - read the materials
Expand - add to your content map as you are reading
Study SSDR see say do review - look over, recite, review material and circuit learning by repeading this until you have mastered the content
LISAN : How to listen and take notes in class.
Lead by reading assignme coming to class.
Ideas-find main ideas in the lecture and take notes, also find answers to own ideas/ questions from reading ahead.
Signals-watch for them in class lectures.
Active listener-ask and answer questions participate.
Notes-take them, organize, and review daily.
MEMORY SKILLS : How to memorize information.
Focus your attention on what you want to remember
Recite -read it, say, write it, be active with it.
Build vivid mental pictures.
Associate the idea to be memorized with something else.
Develop a positive attitude toward memory tasks.
ORGANIZATION SKILLS : How to organize time, lockers, notebooks, homework areas, and assignment books.
IMPROVING READING ABILITY : How to improve reading ability by improving reading speed, comprehension and vocabulary. Reading daily boosts our reading abilities.
This medal is awarded by the American Library Association to the artist for distinguished contribution of artistry in an American picture book for children. Go HERE to see the winners. If the link is not working, copy and past this URL in your browser to view the list. http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal.cfm
The Newbery Medal is awarded by the American Library Association to an author for a distinguished contribution to American Literature for children. Go HERE to see the winners. If the link is not working, copy and past this URL in your browser to view the list.
Help! I need some information and I do not know what to do first?
We use information everyday. Skill in searching can yield fast results. Our goal is to find the information we want, find it quickly, make sure it is accurate, and make sure it fits our need. The links listed have been grouped together to aid you in your search for information. Use the tips to help you begin to think a little about your topic. Brainstorming is vital! Gather your materials and jot down your brainstorming ideas.
1. Before we get started, let's talk about the information you are looking for, at this time?
2. What is the nature of the information you are seeking? Fun? Facts? Research?
3. Do you need a primary source or a secondary source, or does is matter?
4. How do you create the following: a citation, a bibliography, or works cited pages
5. Where do I go for information? Library? Internet? Experts? Reference books?
...Now Let's Get Started.....
Copyright ~ Plagiarism ~ Responsibility ~ Examples
It is our job as adults to help students understand about intellectual property. Using the words, pictures, music, etcetera of others is protected by law. Copying is wrong. We teach students to understand the difference between paraphrasing and quoting while using proper citation strategies. We appreciate your cooperation with this important personal character responsibility.
What are MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association),and Chicago Manual of Style? And what are the differences? These are style guides. These are the three reference sources (both print and online) that aid students of all ages in preparing a properly formatted bibliography, works cited, or reference list for a report or research project. Here at school we use MLA or a modified version of this style guide.
Citations, examples, and helpers
Duke University Citation age
OSLIS Citation Generator
Writing Guide Purdue University Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
OWL has a Modern Language Association (MLS) writing and style guide with more examples
Duke University Library also has a valuable link with information about creating citations
Website for creating a bibliography (some free)
Lone Star College Kingwood Library
University of California at Berkeley Library Page
Evaluating the Internet AAOCC
Can you use information out on the open Internet? Yes, but please remember...
• ANYONE can put ANYTHING on the Internet
• Just because something is on the Internet does NOT make it accurate or a good source for research
• Website creators can be biased and prejudice or just not have a good site.
Here are some guidelines to help students understand how to evaluate a website for appropriateness. The below information is adapted from "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly:
or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources" by Susan E. Beck at http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalc
1. "Authority" ~ Are the creators, specialists like doctors, park ranges, or teachers that are considered experts in their field?
2. "Accuracy" ~ Is the site accurate, are the facts correct? Use the RULE of 3. If you see a fact, check it in 2 other known superior places, if you find the same answer, you are probably safe.
3. "Objectivity" ~ Do the creators of the site take the time to present all sides of a topic? … Or do they list some positive and some negative information leading you to believe that they have "thought through" with purpose?
4. "Currency" ~ How often is the website updated? Consider the use of newer and better,Yearly, Quarterly, Monthly information on the Internet.
5. "Coverage" ~ Does the website provide a large amount of solid information, for a variety of sources, with rare errors, no spelling or typographical errors, and logical format not just a few opinions? Site has more information (Robust) versus less (wimpy).
Below are Links for all subjects Enjoy! Rigorous attempts are made to check links often, however if you find a broken link, please notify Ms. Lamb right away.
Dictionaries ~ Thesauri ~ Acronyms/Abbreviations ~ Encyclopedias
Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Encyberpedia Dictionary and Glossary
Merriam Webster Dictionary
Dictionaries and Translators
Little Explorers Picture Dictionary with Links
American Sign Language Dictionary
Just for fun ~ The Completely Unofficial Star Wars Encyclopedia
My Virtual Encyclopedia
The Holy See
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia
EWTN Global Catholic Network
Benzinger Presents Resources for Catholics
Archdiocese of Galveston Houston
Library of Congress
Library of Congress home page with links for families, teachers, and librarians
Newpapers ~ Magazines
Wall Street Journal
New York Times
Dallas Morning News
My Virtual Newspaper
Handbooks ~ Almanacs ~ Calendars
The 50 states, their capitals, and other useful information
Old Farmers Almanac
Fact Monster Almanac
On This Day
The Earth Calendar
Biographical Resources (People)
The History Channel
Nobel Prize Internet Archive
Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead
NASA Astronaut Biographies
American Presidents: Life Portraits
House Directory ~ U.S. House of Representatives
Senate Directory ~ U. S. Senate
For mature students
The Handbook of Texas Online
Geographical Resources (Places)
Library of Congress Map Collection
National Geographic Map Machine
Rand McNally the famous map and globe company
Renown resource for kids and families
Science and the world around ~ all ages
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration Site
Kids Science and Craft activities
Great educational websites for multiple subjects for students and adults
Fine Arts (Music, Art, Dance)
http://www.dsokids.com/default.aspx for kids and teachers (music)
http://www.playmusic.org/ (dedicated to the symphony and its instruments)
Resources for Families
College and University Ratings and Reviews
Public Broadcasting Station ~ schedule of shows and information about programing
Information about authors with photos (some free)
All subjects General and Fun Stuff
Social studies websites for students
Resources for Teachers
Technology links for teachers
http://connectededucators.org/ great place to start or relearn about up to date tech topics and how you can be connected to other educators - ~recommended!
Social studies websites for teachers
Books, Activities, and Reading lists from all 50 states
Teaching resources and ideas for Preschool Instructors
Information and activities related to ART
Curriculum ideas for most K-12 content areas with an emphasis on Science and NOVA programming
International Reading Association site ideal for Language Arts Teachers
George Lucas Educational Foundation for Teachers and Learning
Safe and appropriate videos for classrooms
K - 12 Science Teachers
PE for teachers
Lesson Plans and other teacher resources
Rubric for 8th Grade Poster of Library/Study Skill Topics
6 3 pictures (2 pts each)
6 3 fonts maximum (remember main body of text should be easily read)
15 content should be clear and cover numerous bullet points for individual topics
5 Name, Homeroom, Topic listed clearly
6 Artistic and Creativity
Optional items that you may choose to add
Tables or charts
Library page updated November 13, 2013 ~ Ms. Lamb