April is National Poetry Month, and since its inception in 1996, has become the largest literary celebration in the world. Schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrate through a diverse range of activities, which include but are not limited to poem-a-day, taking a poetry class, and chalking poem murals. Here are 30 ways you can celebrate poetry. Here at ASIJ we celebrated national poetry month through a collaborative poetry reading. This past Wednesday during activity period, 16 students read poems that had moved and inspired them or they had written themselves.
The 9th grade students have visited the library twice in the past few days. The first time was to get acquainted with some great books, such as our new Sakura Medal titles and books recommended by the library staff. They sat in circles and spent one minute each with five books. Then they discussed the five books with the others in their circle. The second visit was a library orientation. The students worked in teams to discover information about both the physical and virtual library and then presented what they had learned to the rest of the class. Topics covered included the Online Databases, the Citation and Creative Commons Guide, the Destiny Library Catalog, the Sakura Medal Program, the fiction genres in the library, the Tech Help Desk, and rules around borrowing computer chargers, books, Kindles, iPads and other library materials.
The ASIJ HS Library has joined the Somewhat Virtual Book Club (#SWVBC) which brings HS students from across the US and beyond together to discuss the same book!
Take a look at their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/swvbc/
This year’s J-Sem projects have ranged from the history and significance of Ikebana in Japanese culture to the development of the modern Japanese toilet. Students have been doing very high level research, taking full advantage of our databases and searching Google Scholar. The library staff have visited the classroom several times to discuss search strategies and introduce databases such as EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier. Students have emailed us with titles of articles they need help accessing and asking for citation help. Chicago endnotes are tricky, but in the end the job got done!
Congratulations to Maya C, Paris K, Emma K, Anna L., Marika A, and Erina Y! Their work was selected by a panel of judges to be ASIJ’s submissions to the Sakura Medal 2015 Art Competition in the HS English and HS Japanese categories.
You can see the submissions from all the schools participating in the art competition on the HS library website.
Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Prize Drawing on May 4.
We wish our ASIJ contestants the best of luck!
One of the best resources that high school students have at their fingertips is our amazing library. This year, the librarians flipped the tables on the new high school students for their orientation. Instead of being told what is where in a lecture that would soon be forgotten, students were challenged to discover different resources in the library and then present to their classmates.
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A few days before school began all our new students came to the library for their library/tech orientation. The students were given scenarios related to our AUP (Acceptable Use Policy). Working together in groups they came up with solutions for the questions/issues in the scenarios.