AC 7th graders contribute to The LitMap Project

Posted on November 20th, 2013 by jvanalstyne

LitMapAaron Shepard’s 7th grade English students just finished a project where they first had to read a book set in a country other than the United States. They all then created presentations (iMovie, Keynote, or Prezi) to share information about the book and the culture and/or geography where the story takes place. The culminating activity this week was to submit their books to an exciting new web site called The LitMap Project. From the website:

“Explore the world through literature with the LitMap Project, the geographic book database. Books are mapped onto the LitMap by where they take place or the place they are about. We map nonfiction, fiction, mystery, science fiction, any kind of literature that can be associated with a specific geographic location.

We hope that the LitMap will be a great resource for you to discover great books about the places you love. We have big plans for the future of this project. In the coming months we hope to be able to enhance the LitMap to make it searchable by location, author, title, and other criteria. We also hope to allow you to access the LitMap through a mobile app. But in order to accomplish any of this, we will need your help.

You can help make the LitMap as great and as useful as it can be by becoming a LitMapper.”

We now have over 30 LitMappers at the school and hope to have more this year. Go ahead and explore the site. If you limit your search to Young Adult or Middle Grade books, you are sure to discover the books our students submitted. If you check out the Hall of Fame, you’ll notice Allendale Columbia right at the top with the most submissions and the first school to contribute. We even put the world-famous, award-winning The Book Thief by Markus Zusak on the map! Congratulations Class of 2019!

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AC Global Partnership in the Philippines Attracts Local News

Posted on November 15th, 2013 by kvella
Last week, Channel 10 News and Channel 13 News came to Allendale Columbia School to feature the global partnership with the Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales School in the Philippines.  The news crews joined us just as the students in the Middle School began to Skype with Mrs. Anching Ramos-Starks, a vice-principal and teacher, from Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales School (Click the links below for both stories)  

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As Mrs. Ramos-Starks reflected on what it meant to her students to receive the supplies that just arrived at her school earlier this week from Allendale Columbia, she shared this: “Our students feel grateful. I was able to capture their excitement.  It is something new to them.  They are students who are used to much less.  They were very happy to see all the books. Thank you.”

Mrs. Clinton, instructor in drama and music at Allendale Columbia School, is a member of the Filipino-American Association of Rochester (FAAR) and when she approached the AC Middle School Student Council about helping Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales School after Typhoon Ondoy several years ago, the students were overwhelmingly excited to extend their support.  According to Jeannie Clinton, “We did a food drive following the Typhoon Ondoy and successfully shipped 500lbs of food and vitamins to the Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales School and they were incredibly grateful.”

Now, the relationship between Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales School and Allendale Columbia School has developed into a long-standing partnership that is strengthening the global IQ of all the students involved.  Over the years, the two schools have formed a friendship that now encompasses a more in depth understanding of both cultures.  In addition, we are partnering in projects across multiple disciplines including music, math, architecture, and science.

  • AC students will take part in designing experiments and then capture video of their experiments to share with the students in the Philippines.  Simultaneously, students in the Philippines are producing English videos to share with AC students as they develop their English skills and create authentic content.
  • AC students are currently doing an in depth study of the housing and commercial structures in the Philippines which will connect to an architecture project in Math 8.
  • In music, AC has added a component of ethnomusicology into the seventh grade curriculum.

Mrs. Ramos-Starks was kind enough to stay awake until the early morning hours to Skype with AC students, “It’s 2:00 a.m. here.  We have experienced this [type of typhoon] before and usually the floods cause problems for us.  I have a co-teacher and during a prior typhoon the flood came almost to the roofline.  Our school is in a high place, but some of our students live in low-lying areas.  If they have to evacuate, they are usually placed in schools where one classroom is designated for several families.  If you are going to watch videos, you will see the impact it is having; it is very scary.  Every Filipino is praying for our safety.”

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