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2017-2018 Action Research Grant--Vicky Mahoney

Play with Words: Motivating Students to be Creative Writers

An explanation of the research question and objective of the project:
What happens to my students’ writing when I incorporate new instructional strategies to teach poetry and give students more time write poetry in a stimulating environment?
1.What happens to students’ motivation to write?
2. What happens to how invested they are in revising their work?
3. What happens when they revise their work with their peers?
4. What happens when they share their work with an audience?
5. Does their writing get better?

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2016-2017 NCSLMA Read 2 Succeed Recipient : Lorie Steed, Central Davidson H.S.

Reaching the Reluctant Reader: What We Learned Through Our Read 2 Succeed Grant

Overview: As a high school librarian in Davidson County and recipient of a 2016 Read 2 Succeed Grant, I partnered with English teacher Krysta Perkins to support her Sustained Silent Reading initiative. Our goal was to engage reluctant readers by purchasing several high-interest books that would appeal to varied interests and reading levels, and to ensure we had multiple copies of popular titles available to students. By reaching out to reluctant readers in this way, we hoped students who avoided reading in the past would come to embrace it. Although we hit some snags along the way and not every student responded to reading the way we hoped they would, we did find some success in reaching reluctant readers.

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2016-2017 NCSLMA Read 2 Succeed Recipient : Chelsea Brantley, Nags Head Elementary

The Read 2 Succeed grant provided by NCSLMA greatly improved instruction and student learning at Nags Head Elementary school this year. The grant funded a project called “Making Money in Media: Entrepreneurship & The Lemonade War”. This was a collaborative effort between Chelsea Brantley, Media Coordinator, and Katie Blanchard, 3rd grade teacher.

This grant helped teachers improve students’ digital competencies, while also teaching the 3rd grade math and social studies curriculum. There is a need for more collaboration between the media coordinator and classroom teachers, and this project demonstrates student success with these individuals working together. Both parties wanted to extend the 3rd grade study of The Lemonade War to include components beyond Language Arts and Social Studies. So, the teachers planned a unit that turned their students into young entrepreneurs.

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