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March 14, 2013

9th Grade English e-books

by Randy Ziegenfuss


This story was submitted by High School library media teacher, Mrs. Robin Burns.

This marking period English teacher, Mrs. Robyn Balsai, and Library Media Teacher, Mrs. Robin Burns, worked with the freshman English students to create e-books for their nonfiction literary unit.  The students were tasked with finding a topic that interested them and then researching the topic using subscription databases.

The English 9 students’ e-books were the culmination of their study of research and nonfiction. Students first conducted research on scientific topics, then learned about how to write a nonfiction book and the elements that make nonfiction different from fiction. The students were then challenged to take their understanding of both their scientific topics and nonfiction text structure and embed these aspects into a fictional story. Since students spent the first half of the year studying the elements of fiction, their books had to develop characters, include a plot with exposition, turning points and denouement, establish a consistent point of view, reflect author’s tone and voice, incorporate dialogue as well as figurative and descriptive language. They also had to find photos, illustrations and charts to help tell the story.

All of the information and digital resources for students are located on the high school library LibGuide.

It’s Not Easy – by Abby Garrigan

I’ll be Home for Christmas – by Kristen Bucchin

A Staph Situation by Christopher Trenge

White Tiger Run – by Eric Dye

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