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News from Your IMC FE B R UA R Y,


What’s Happening in the IMC?

Tidbits Research & Plagiarism Tools: Here is a list of useful resources to help your students understand the research process & plagiarism. How to write a paper SIRS—How to Write a Research Paper EasyBib’s Research Guides Plagiarism video explained by Common Craft

Read an Abe, Win an Abe!

January’s winner of Read an Abe, Win an Abe was Delton Knowles! Delton read the book Tweak by David Sheff and stated, “I highly recommend this opened my eyes and scared me. It made me literally tingle while reading with anxiety for Nic.” Please continue to encourage your students to read the Abe book award nominees!

Black History Month book display. Come check out our book display for Black History Month! For the month of February we’re celebrating the lives and achievements of great African-Americans.


Books We Love! Come check out our February book display, “Books We Love”! It features staff picks of your favorite books. If you need a good book to read, this is a great place to start! Here are just a few of the recommended reads:


“The Good Earth tells of the trials and

IMIMC Stats The # of books the IMC has checked out in Dec. & Jan. Fiction






Guess who I spy in the IMC!

You can also view them on display in the IMC. Thank you to Beth Smith and 3-D Art Club for all your hard work!

West Book Club has gone Virtual!! Book Club members can now chat about books outside the confines of the school environment. Click here to view our online book club. Please encourage any students interested in joining to come to one of our meetings. We meet bi-weekly on Wednesdays in the IMC office during 4th, 5th, & 6th hour lunch. Need Equipment? We’ve got it! 3 Digital Cameras 8 Flip Video Cameras 2 Scanners 3 CD Players 5 headsets with microphones

“Books We Love”

Turn It In


African American World The History Channel Library of Congress—African American Odyssey

View the slide show of 3-D Art Club plaster creations here.

Avoiding Plagiarism Activity


Some great Sites to learn and remember the contributions of AfricanAmericans to our nation:

3-D Art Club Sculptors!

Plagiarism PowerPoint

If you suspect that a student has plagiarized try using these Plagiarism Checkers:

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tribulations of China during turbulent years of revolution. While it may not be an uplifting story, it is a genuine story of how a family lives, changes, and survives some really dark years together. It always makes me think of what people throughout history have experienced through war, revolutions, and difficult times and how lucky we are to have the life we do.” - John Bierbaum

“House Rules by Jodi Picoult—SO GOOD!” - Katie Utesch

“I picked Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. I have read a lot of books about the Holocaust but never one about the historical event that is the basis for this fictional story. The story centers around the Vel’ d Hiv, which was a round of Jewish citizens by French policeman during July of 1942 when France was occupied by Nazi Germany. Most of the Jews eventual died in concentration camps. I read it some time ago and recently enjoyed the movie version of the book. - Ann Hamer

“Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel about the American Obsession by Studs Terkel. A wonderful look from all sides of race, perceptions, prejudice, and the impact on all of us. The interviews reveal the true feelings of the subjects, which in turn make the reader question their true feelings and reactions. After reading this book I often wonder how far we have come as a society in facing this issue.”—Tom Parton

“The Help by Kathryn Stockett - It made me laugh and cry. Now THAT'S a good book! The Help gives us a glimpse into the divisions between white and black women in the early stages of the Civil Right Movement. It's a more intimate peek at the roles of women during that time. Great book! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!” - Katie Turner “My favorite novel is Hunger Games. Because of this book, I have searched out more books on the Dystopian genre. Katniss is a strong female character both genders can make a connection with. Trying to describe the plot to recommend to friends is challenging because of all the gore in the arena during the Hunger Games. One is sure to get hooked into the Suzanne Collins series. I only hope Hollywood does the book justice when the movie comes out this spring!” - Mary Walker

“City of Thieves. I love it because of the vibrant characters and fast paced story line.”—Terry Gliege

West IMC Newsletter February 2012  

The # of books the IMC has checked out in Dec. & Jan. You can also view them on display in the IMC. Thank you to Beth Smith and 3-D Art...