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Thanks again to everyone who responded to this target. Mostly I got sent files as 
attachments, which was great. If you would like the attachments, please e-mail me 
off-list and I'll get them to you.

Original post:

O Collective Brain,

I have a teacher who needs help. He is a social studies teacher who has, for some 
reason, been hired to teach English/Language Arts, so he's struggling to get 
acclimated. Right now, we would love to know if any of you have good activities or 
lesson plans for using reference tools such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, 
almanacs, and atlases. Activities using magazines, newspapers, online databases, 
etc. would also be appreciated. TIA


Not with newspapers, etc, but If he's looking for 'reading comprehenion' ideas I've 
got some things on my site that have been valuable in "gotta invent on the fly" 
situations. ( - click on 'comprehension') 

I have  found I have to tailor my reference activities to those items that I
have in my library--the databases we subscribe to, the atlases we have, etc.
I've attached one such item I did in collaboration with a teacher who was
using Watson's Go to Birmingham in class.  I've also attached a website
evaluation doc.   Kathy Shrock's page should have some good items.
Finally,, could you please post a hit?  Thank you.

Sarah Loch
Valley Park Alternative Center
4510 Bawell Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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