Teacher's Name: Mrs. Gina Szczodrowski

Grade/Subject: Library/Media/Grade 8 Literature

Contact: gszczodrowski@stjohnskenmore.com 


Welcome back to what is sure to be a wonderful school year!

I am so excited to be in this new position at St. John's as Librarian and 8th grade literature teacher and can't wait to see each and every student this year. 

Summer was a very busy time for me in the library- we got a new catalog system and every book now has a unique barcode.

On top of this, the library got a huge makeover! Feel free to stop in sometime and check out all the changes. 

I am sure your children will tell you ALL about it. 



We have digitized about our library! If you would like to view our digital site, please visit: St. John's Catalog.

This month students will be getting familiar with the new layout of our library and begin checking out books. Older students will begin to learn about the Dewey Decimal system while our younger children will learn how the fiction books and everybody books are organized. 

Students in grades PreK-K will check out ONE book each week. 
Students in grades 1-3 will check out up to TWO books each week. 
Students in grades 4-6 will check out up to THREE books each week.
Students in grades 7 and 8 are welcome to check out books during one of my free periods or before/after school. 

If students do not return their books on the due date, they will not be allowed to check out new books until the old ones are returned. Students can still browse and set books aside for me to hold for them until they return their other books. 

Thank you to those of you who donated books to our growing and changing library! We are always accepting donations of books. If you have any books you would like to donate, please send them in with your child and we will put a label inside with your family name. We appreciate every donation. 


Grade 8 Literature

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  • Summer Reading
    • Students will work in small groups to create a newspaper based on their favorite summer read. Each group will be required to write a lead story, character profile, book review, setting profile, editorial, and advice column. 
    • Students will peer edit and conference with me as needed. 
    • Students will assemble their newspaper and prepare a presentation for the class. 
  • Poetry
    • Once we finish our book projects we will begin our poetry unit. Students will begin by learning about and writing their own bio poems as well as analyzing other forms of poetry.
    • Students will learn different literary elements that are often found in free verse poetry. 
    • We will also read works by Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou as well as others. 
    • Finally, students will demonstrate their learning with a theme essay before we dive into short stories next month! 

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