The War That Saved My Life is an outstanding, heart-warming, coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War 2 and is historical fiction at its best. Reminiscent of Goodnight Mister Tom, we highly recommend it as a holiday read for our younger Middle Years' students.
Our students live in a world of infowhelm where they are bombarded with information from a myriad of sources, most of which are unmediated. The skill of being able to evaluate the quality of the information is an information literacy and fluency skill which is essential today. We are teaching our Yr 7 and Yr 8 students how to go about this by using a set of criteria to apply each time they use an information source.
Most people are intrigued by the Titanic story - of a luxurious British passenger liner, the largest ship afloat at the time and built to be unsinkable and yet it met this fate in the early hours of 15th April, 1912, after colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. One of the unsolved mysteries surrounding the sinking is why the SS Californian, a British steam ship that was sitting idly in an ice flow a few miles north, did not come to its rescue. This is the story explored in The Midnight Watch by David Dyer.
Recently, a US judge ruled that the famous Led Zeppelin hit Stairway to heaven was similar enough to an instrumental by the band Spirit to necessitate a jury trial. If the jury finds Led Zeppelin guilty of copyright infringement, the band could be made pay huge sums of money in damages. At Mt Alvernia, students are taught that respecting the creative and intellectual property of others is their moral, ethical and legal responsibility.
Opinions differ about the usefulness of Wikipedia as a source of information for research. At Mt Alvernia, we teach students that it depends on the quality of individual articles and show them how to find the grade of the article on the Wikipedia Quality Scale before deciding if they are going to use the information or not.
Illuminae , co-authored by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is the first installment of the new trilogy The Illuminae Files. Be warned - this is a high-octane, thrilling, science-fiction, edge of your seat read that will leave you breathless! The year is 2575 and two megacorporations are at war over a planet that is at the edge of the universe. This is a novel like no other I have read.
CiteMaker is the new online referencing tool we are currently introducing to our students. It is a citation and bibliography maker that allows students to format their assignment reference sources using the APA reference style. You can find CiteMaker under the iReference tab on the iCentre website.
When visiting the iCentre, you may have noticed that we have some new faces on staff. We thought this might be a good chance to remind everyone about the great services we can offer and who you can contact when you need resources or assistance.
The Land of Stories, an exciting new series for middle school readers, is gaining great popularity amongst our Yr 7 students. Written by Chris Colfer of Glee fame, the series begins with The Wishing Spell, where twins Alex and Conner enter a magical land where fairy tales are real! Readers begin a thrilling quest of page-turning adventure which continues throughout the four stories that are currently published. The fifth story in the series is due out in July 2016.
What We Saw is a confronting read in which the issues of silence as a form of complicity, the high stakes of speaking up, and the courage it takes to do the right thing are all examined. Based on true events, this is a gripping story that wrestles with some big questions and is a novel suitable for older, more mature readers.
On her death, Kate Grenville's mother left behind the fragments of a memoir which this accomplished author has used as a starting point to weave an evocative, engaging and moving homage to her mother Nance, and the life she lived during the dramatic changes of the twentieth century. This is the compelling story of a woman who qualified as a pharmacist in an era when women stayed at home, and of her struggle to combine work and parenting. Highly recommended for all our avid readers.