Thursday, February 26, 2009

Year 9 History Home Learning: 1920s and 1930s

You can find a selection of books on this period in history in the library. Ask the librarian to help you find them.

Topics that people have asked about include:

The history of fashion
Guns and artillery
The Spanish Civil War
The Russian Revolution
Gangsters
American history
Jazz music
The Great Depression

You may also find the following links useful:

http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1920s.html

http://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/timelinepages/1920s1.htm

http://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history/1920s-and-1930s-in-america.htm

Spellbinding 2009

Groups of Year 7 and Year 8 Students began
Spellbinding (Cumbrian Secondary Schools Book Award) just before half term.
There are ten books on the shortlist this year:

¨ The Airman Eoin Colfer
¨ Wilderness Roddy Doyle
¨ The Red Necklace Sally Gardner
¨ Runemarks Joanne Harris
¨ Bearkeeper Josh Lacey
¨ The Carbon Diaries 2015 Saci Lloyd
¨ The Declaration Gemma Malley
¨ Blood Ties Sophie McKenzie
¨ Ways to Live Forever Sally Nicholls
¨ Message in a Bottle Valerie Zenatti

Each student is attempting to read all ten books by the beginning of May. They will be completing reviews, taking part in discussion groups and then deciding which of the books they thought was the best.
Some students will be attending the county Spellbinding Award Day in June where students from other schools will decide the overall winner—the best book!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

100 Top Sites for the Year Ahead

Read this interesting article from the Guardian. Some of the links are interesting and may be useful.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/dec/18/internet-website
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