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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:57 am
Web Sites for Students
Posted by: Admin

Recently, Booklist received an e-mail from a teacher regarding her tenth grade summer history class. The class was doing group projects on influential people and events. In researching the best resources to use for their projects and final presentations, several of the students came across the Booklist Online feature  "Reference on the Web: The Civil War."  The teacher was awarding bonus points to students who took a little extra time to find some other resources they thought would make good additions to the sites they found most useful.

My history students from my summer class found some resources during our project that I felt would make a superb addition to your library's resources. The following students were responsible for submitting these resources. The were awarded extra bonus points that will be added to their final project grade. I wanted to thank my students for their hard work and to the library for acknowledging their diligence. It is the encouragements for our children that accomplishments become great and successful. This is only the beginning. I hope the rest of you will share this same idea with your students and children so one day our world will be a better place.
Thank you to the following students for a job well-done:

Gabriella S.
David G.
Dave N.
Karissa L.
Lakken P.
Drew G.
Ariella B.

Thank you to the rest of my class for all of your hardwork!

Mrs. A. Martinez, History 2011

Here are the pages the students found:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Medical Angels: Clara Barton and the  Red Cross

Abraham Lincoln

First World War.com

Digital History

Martin Luther King, Jr.

King Institute

Mrs. Martinez's project is the perfect  lead-in to something coming up in the September 1 issue of Booklist and Booklist Online. For the past several years, the reference section of Booklist has had a regular September 1 feature, "Twenty Best Bets for Student Researchers,"  our list of the best print reference sources for students published in the previous 12 months. This year, for the first time, we're adding a list of  web sites for students K-10, compiled by Esther Sinosky of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Esther's list won't be published for a few weeks, but in the meantime, we'd love to hear from librarians or teachers or students about some of your favorite sites for student research. You can tell us about them by adding your comments to this post.

Thanks to Mrs. Martinez for encouraging her class to dig deeper to find good resources, and thanks to her students for working hard to find them.


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