Collection Evaluation & Development Plan

  Nicole W. Robinson   March 21, 2011

Description of Site/Environment

Forest Park High School is located in Forest Park, Georgia.   Fo Park is a small city south of Atlanta.  Forest Park has a population of 21,825 people. Males - 11,224 Females - 10,601   Median Household Income is $32,991. Ethnic Population Breakdown: African American - 32% Hispanic - 30% White - 29% Asian - 7%

Description of Site/Environment
  Forest Park is a Title 1 school.  Forest Park has made AYP for the past 2 years.   Forest Park High School has 1556 students. Forest Park High School has 299 juniors (project grade level) Forest Park High School has 117 certified teachers. Forest Park High School has 212 special needs students. Forest Park High School has 140 ESOL students.    

Description of Site/Environment
Forest Park High School Ethnic Breakdown:   African American - 59% Hispanic - 26% Asian - 8% Caucasian - 7% Forest Park High School Spending Per Pupil is $8,379

Description of Site/Environment
    Forest Park's Media Center is located in a separate building directly behind the main instuctional building. Forest Park's Media Center has 18,000 books in its collections.  There are approximately 10 books per child.       Forest Park does use the Dewey decimal system through the Destiny system.  This is a computer-based system that allows patrons to search books by author, subject matter, and titles.  Forest Park's Media Center does not have a literary criticism database as of January 2011, ProQuest is no longer available, so we only have Galileo. 

Curriculum Mapping - Assignment
Assignment As part of the poetry unit in American Literature, students will read some of America's most celebrated poets like Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Langston Hughes. After reading and studying these masters, students will produce a poetry magazine, where students will research classic and modern poetry and include examples of classic poetry and modern day poetry in their magazine.    Students will then create their own poem that reflects their interests.  Magazine must include photos and visuals that connect to the themes of these poems. (ELAALR)  

Curriculum Mapping - Assignment
Materials Needed:   White Paper Colored Paper Access to laminating machine (located in the media center) Access to a scanner (located in the media center) Markers Colored Pencils MSWord, MSPublisher, or Pagemaker

Lesson Plan
Day 1 Warm-Up: Who is your favorite poet and why? Guided Practice: Teacher will lead discussion about classic American poetry. Teacher will give a list of poetry terms that students will need to define. Terms:fixed form, free verse, ballad, sonnet, epic, ode, blank verse, and elegy. Day 2 Warm-Up: When you think of poetry what is the first thing that comes to mind? Guided Practice: Teacher will continue discussion about American poetry and move into modern day poetry. Students will continue taking notes on great American poets.

Lesson Plan
Day 3 Warm-Up: Out of all the types of poems, what is your favorite and why? Independent Practice: Students will review with teacher the fundamentals of poetry.  Teacher will give out the instructions for the class poetry magazine project. Teacher will select student groups. Day 4 Meet in the Media Center Independent Practice: Students will work with group members on the theme(s) of their magazine. Students will search for some of the books on poetry that is located in the media center as inspiration and guidance.  Project is due in 2 weeks.

Curriculum Review/Mapping
Georgia State Standards for Reading: (ELAALR1) The student identifies and analyzes elements of poetry from various periods of American Literature and provides evidence from the text to support understanding;   The student identifies, responds to, and analyze the effects of diciton, tone, mood, syntax, sound, form, figurative language, and structure of poems as these elements relate to meaning.   The student traces the historical development of poetic style and forms in American literature.  

Curriculum Review Mapping
Georgia Standards for Writing (ELAALRL4) The student employs a variety of writing genres to demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of significant ideas in sophisticated literary works.   The student composes poems. The student demonstrates awareness of an author's use of stylistic devices and an appreciation of the effects created by the devices. The student analyzes the use of imagery, language, and other particular aspects of a text that contribute to theme or underlying meaning.

Poetry Magazine Grading Rubric
Organization - 4 Each section in the magazine has a clear beginning, middle, and end. Mechanics - 4 Capitalization & punctuation are correct throughout. Visuals - 4 Visuals  are aesthetically pleasing. Content - 4 All content reflects the standards. 3 Almost all  sections in the magazine have a clear beginning, middle, and end. 3 There are 1-2 capitalization & punctuation errors. 3 A few visuals have minor flaws. 3 Most content reflects the standards. 2 Most sections have a clear beginning, middle, and end. 1 Less than half of the magazine has a clear beginning, middle, and end. 1 There are more than 4 capitalization & punctuation errors. 1 Many visuals have minor flaws. 1 Less than half of the content reflects the standards.

2 There are 3-4 capitalization & punctuation errors. 2 More than a few visuals have minor flaws. 2 Half of the content reflects the standards.

Collections Evaluation
At Forest Park's Media Center, there are 319 books on the general topic of poetry.  These books are in the 800 series of the Dewey Decimal system.  They are located primarily in the non-fiction section of the media center. There are some pretty modern poetry books in the media center. Thereare poetry books that date back to the 1920s and 1950s and their physical condition is not the best.  One of those older books is the Norton Anthology from 1928.  Forest Park's media center has a reference section and some of the poetry books are located in references. The fiction is against the walls and non-fiction is in the center of the media center.

Materials Order
a. b. c. See BookList Presentation   d. For my website, I decided to create one with Shelfari, which is a part of Amazon. I have sent you an invitation so that you can visit my site.   e. Multicultural - In my book list I have included a myriad of books of poetry that highlight minorities.  Since my school is so diverse, it was important that my book list reflected that.  

In Summary
I thoroughly believe that the selection of books I chose will adequately serve these students as they complete their poetry magazine assignment.