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.
Curation tools, such as Diigo and Pinterest, are important for 21st century teaching and learning as they help learners manage the infowhelm! We have recently discovered Draggo, an online bookmark manager, and a great way to save, organize, and access favourite links from any online location. We recommend you add it to your curation toolbox.
Zana Fraillon's The Bone Sparrow is the story of a Rohingya boy born inside a detention centre, the only world he knows, but who dreams that one day his world will be a different place. It is a poignant tale reminiscent of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and deals with timely issues of the refugee crisis, conditions in detention centres, persecuted minorities and immigration policies. It is a thought-provoking and highly recommended novel for young adult readers interested in these important topics.
Our Teacher-Librarian, Krystal Gagen, read her first graphic novel earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Once she understood the format and read the images along with the font, a whole new world of reading was opened to her. Have you tried graphic novels yet?
Located under the iLearn tab on the website, we have added some new video tutorials to help students with research and referencing tasks. The new tutorials step you through how to register, login and create a citation using CiteMaker, our new online referencing tool.
The study skills handbook, found under iLearn on this website, provides many useful tips for exam preparation and we highly recommend that students visit this site to enhance their study skills. When we understand the purpose of exams, we have a better chance of success. On the following page you will find 3 useful tips for exam preparation.
Even though some students think they can multitask and manage answering texts, listening to music or watching TV, doing homework and studying at the same time, research has proved the truth is a different story and best results are achieved when students have a distraction free work space and single-task rather than multitask. There is an excellent article in the Study Skills Handbook that discusses this research.
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.
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.
If you are interested in what's new in fiction, take a look at our newest Pinterest board where we have curated the latest books to be added to our collection. The board, New in the iCentre, is being updated continually and serves as an inspiration for your next read. Browsing the titles and clicking on the link of a featured novel will take you to a Goodreads or publisher's outline of the story, which can help you decide your next #greatread.