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Artifact 3a.

Debbie Straus -December 2013

Core Collection Choice 2


Overview of Columbus East Media Center
Columbus East Media Center is a school library housed in a 4th thru 6th grade elementary school in Cicero, Illinois. The media center supports a student population of approximately 600 students, 21 homeroom teachers, and approximately 20 more support staff which includes the Literacy Team, ELL Specialists, Computer, Gym, Art and Music teachers. Columbus East library holds 5,215 titles. The collection is balanced between fiction and nonfiction titles that both span a wide variety of genres and reading levels.

Community Information
The below information was taken from the Illinois School Report Card of 2013. 96% are low-income students 12% students with disabilities 32% English Language Learners

Collection Overview
Cicero School District 99, along with the rest of Illinois, has adopted and begun implementing the National Common Core Standards or CCS. Common Core Standards put emphasis on the application of knowledge to real world situations. Nonfiction resources across all content areas including Social Studies/History are needed to enhance student learning. Although we do have resources that support the Social Studies Curriculum, I feel that this collection needs to be updated and expanded with books of varying readability levels available to the student population. As seen in Attachment 1, 86% of the nonfiction collection in Dewey numbers 930-939, which is the location of books on Ancient Civilizations, were published prior to 2000 and only 63 titles are currently owned in that DDS range in my library. Cicero School District 99 has recently upgraded their technology and just about every classroom and library has a SMART Board situated in it. An increase in subscription databases have been added to our district's list of resources within the last year.

Collection Rationale
The collection focal point for this assignment will include books and a few DVDs which provide students a variety of information spotlighting the historical aspect of Ancient Civilizations including Mesopotamia, India, China, Egypt, Rome, Greece, and the Middle Ages. The new collection will be

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heavy in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, and Ancient Greek materials since the 6th grade teachers work collaboratively throughout the year to create grade level projects on the above mentioned topics. The books chosen were based on various Fountas and Pinnell (F & P) reading levels when known. Students in my district are evaluated three times throughout the year on the F & P leveled reading system. Students are familiar with their level and encouraged to get books that are a good fit for independent reading based on these scores. Many of the resources in this new collection are visually pleasing. Students that may not have the aptitude or the language skills to read the more difficult texts will choose books based on their visually appealing content, which I believe is absolutely fine. By providing students access to information at their instructional level, all students can have the experience of reading for pleasure and embracing their learning. As one looks at a recent collection analysis of the materials in the 930s, many of the titles are older and were published prior to 2000, An update of the collection in this section is necessary to keep the collection fresh. When putting together this collection, I did not feel the need to purchase databases or a large amount of DVDs. The district subscribes to Discovery Education (DE) which I feel in itself is a complete resource. Discovery Education is updated often and the material available through Discovery Education fully supplements the CCS. Currently two schools in our district are piloting a new aspect of DE called Discovery Education Digital Textbook. DE Textbook brings classroom learning alive with digitally integrated lessons based on the National Common Core Curriculum Standards in Science and Social Studies. Although I have yet to see the program, teachers using DE Digital Textbook are amazed by its capabilities. Once this feature is available in all Cicero schools, I don't see teachers regularly using DVDs to supplement learning in these areas. However, I believe that DE Digital Textbook will motivate students to read more informational text by choice, therefore many students will seek additional information by means of the school library.

Selection Criteria
The 6th grade curriculum focuses on Ancient Civilizations with a heavy emphasis on cultures within the Fertile Crescent, as well as the ancient cultures of Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome. Nonfiction book titles and multimedia resources will be based on Cicero 99s Social Studies Curriculum and supports the National Common Core Standards in Reading and Language Arts. Prior to compiling this new library collection, I used many of the Dominican University Databases to look for highly reviewed titles and series collections suited for students in grade 6 with a

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focus on Ancient Civilizations. The resources found through the Dominican University Databases included; Novelist Plus Childrens Core Collection Childrens Literature Comprehensive Database Middle and Junior High School Core Collection

Once a list of recommended titles was compiled, the following websites were consulted to compile books that were aligned with the National Common Core Standards in Social Studies. Goodreads School Library Journal Booklist Booklink

Collection materials were selected for possible purchase from the following companies with publication dates after 2000. Bound to Stay Bounds Showcase Magazine ABDO Publishing Capstone Press Fall 2013 Collection Garth Steven Publishing Company Standard Deviants School-Educational Media Scholastic Library Publishing Perma-Bound Rosen Publishing Group National Geographic Amazon

Cicero School District currently subscribes to the following resources and databases that support the Social Studies Curriculum through the Common Core Standards. Discovery Education Infotrack -Gale Group Encyclopedia Britannica Worldbook Online Brainpop Tumble Cloud Junior (online e-books)

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts History/Social Studies Grade 6
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3 Identify key steps in a texts description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered). CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.5 Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally). CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.6 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an authors point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts). CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.8 Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.9 Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 68 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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Web Resources
Brainpop http://www.brainpop.com/ Discovery Education http://www.discoveryeducation.com/administrators/curricular-resources/techbook/Middle-SchoolSocial-Studies-digital-textbook/index.cfm Columbus East School Media Catalog http://d99-destiny.cicd99.edu/ Common Core Standards http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards Encyclopedia Britannica http://www.britannica.com/ Infotrack -Gale Group http://www.cengage.com/ Tumble Cloud Junior http://www.tbcjr.com/ Worldbook Online http://worldbookonline.com/