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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library Archives
  • About Teacher Notes

    Welcome Howard County educators! As it says on our web site, “Howard County Library is pleased to provide teachers with a myriad of resources as they plan their lessons and assignments.”

    Many Howard County Public School System faculty have asked for a convenient way to receive updates on these resources. This blog is one way to meet that need. It will be updated regularly with information you can share with your colleagues and students. Visit us regularly or subscribe to the RSS feed and have the information delivered to you!

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

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  • Russian Revolution and Animal Farm

    Tenth graders at Hammond High School are researching Russian Revolution figures who are the allegorical equivalents of characters from the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. Wow!

    To gather information on Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, students may want to search in Literature Resource Center. LRC contains reviews and criticism of literary works, biographies of the authors, and primary source material related to the works. Many of the items in LRC have been previously published in reference books and periodicals. Some items are original to LRC. All items have been reviewed for accuracy.

    For background information on the Russian Revolution, students might turn to the History Reference Center for articles and primary sources. For figures from the Russian Revolution, students can use Biography Resource Center to find biographical essays, pictures, and other information. Just as with Literature Resource Center, History Reference Center and Biography Resource Center contain items that have all been reviewed for accuracy.

    All three databases can be accessed via our web site. All you’ll need is your library card!

    And of course…we have some great books, too, like The Story Behind George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Red Princess: a revolutionary life.

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  • Access Research Materials Over the Long Winter Break

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    Will your students have long-term assignments over Winter Break?

    They can do their research in their pajamas…using Howard County Library’s e-resources.

    Read Anna Karenina…and the Cliff’s Notes.

    Follow United States territorial expansion.

    Watch a cell divide.

    Practice math skills.

    Now there’s one less excuse for missing homework!

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  • Night at Marriott’s Ridge

    cover art image of Night by elie wiesel

    From Marriott’s Ridge High School….

    Students are conducting individual research on a topic related to Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night.

    You know that Howard County Library has all the books you need for your assignment, but we have some surprises, too!

    Get an overview of World War II.
    Find related primary source material.
    Learn the steps to completing a great research project.

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  • Prepare for History Day

    national history day logoGive your students the research skills to begin and successfully complete their History Day projects with “Prepare for History Day”. Invite Howard County Library staff to your classroom to teach your students how to find a wealth of historical information, multi-media resources, and those all-important primary sources!

    Contact your Library liaison to schedule a visit.

    Take a moment to view our other “Research Remedies” in our Middle and High School Curriculum Enhancements Guide.

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  • Back to School Night

    Back to School Night is a busy night for everyone! Hallways buzz with excitement as parents fitfully navigate their students’ routines and teachers squeeze all the information they can into the time allotted.

    Take a moment during your Back to School Night to stop and say, “hi” to your librarian.

    That’s right! Howard County Library staff attend Back to School Nights, too. It’s a great time to remind faculty, parents, and students about the power of a library card. Use it to check out books, connect with a free tutor, download e-books, research long-term projects, and so much more! For those who arrive without a library card, we’ll send you home with one.

    See you at Back to School Night!

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