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Melissa Broadway Collection Development Assignment FRIT 7134Spring 2012 February 19, 2012

DESCRIPTION OF SITE AND LEARNERS I work at Woody Gap School which is located in Suches, Georgia. It is one of five schools in Union County. Union County (Blairsville campus) has a primary, elementary, middle, and high school. Woody Gap consists of an elementary, middle, and a high school. Woody Gap School is the smallest public isolated school in the state of Georgia. This fact is due in part to the mountainous roads and rural setting of Suches, GA. There are 74 students at Woody Gap School. Of these 74 students, 71 are Caucasian and 3 are Bi-racial, implying that the student body is 96% Caucasian and 4% Bi-racial. Within Woody Gap School, 49% of our students qualify for free lunch and 23% qualify for lunch at a reduced price. There is one administrator, 15 certified teachers, and five staff members. The school prides itself in giving one-on-one attention to students who live in a tight knit working class rural community. It is the small enrollment of the school that makes it possible to provide such individualistic interaction with students. In spite of the rural setting, Woody Gap has a new computer lab containing new Apple computers. Our students use computer based programs to learn on a daily basis. The media center at Woody Gap is small but has computers, a special education and gifted classroom, and an office for the media specialist. Many students use the media center for research and the Success Maker computer program. We have about 10,000 books. While the school could use more books, the books we have are valuable and the media center is frequently used by middle and high school students. Elementary students are scheduled weekly for story time and to check out books. There is an LCD projector in the media center but it is not in use. There is no whole group instruction in the media center. They visit at various times when needed throughout the week.

Melissa Broadway Collection Development Assignment FRIT 7134Spring 2012 February 19, 2012

Contrary to the computer lab, the computers in the media center are not as up to date as they should be. The schools bandwidth is also stretched to the extent that when most of the computers are being used other people cant access the internet or other applications. It can be frustrating at times. Our students look up information on Alexandria. We have no VCR in the media center. We have about 100 items in the audiovisual section of the media center. We have eight computers and our students do use the AR program. All computers can be used for research. We neither have projectors nor Smart Boards. Even though I send my second grade students to the computer lab on a daily basis, I only send them to the media center once a week for story time and educational computer games. The media center could be greatly improved with funding. State cuts have not been kind to Woody Gap. Suches, GA is located in the mountains of northeast Georgia. Union County has a population of 21,342. There are 66 people per square mile. The majority of this population is centered in Blairsville, GA. Union County is an offshoot of Cherokee County, NC, that occurred during the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832. The name of the county likely comes from the Union Party, a group of white settlers who wanted to remove Native Americans from the land and bring in white settlers. Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain in Georgia, is partly in Union County. For this reason, Union County is called the top of Georgia. The median income is 35,769. The median age of residents here is 45, considerably higher than that of 33 for Georgia as a whole. Only 6.6% of the population is under 18 years old. About 96% of Union County residents are Caucasian, while 1% are Hispanic, 1% are African American, and 2% have multiple backgrounds. Union County is 323 squares miles in area. 74% of workers have private wages, 14% are government employees, 12% are self-employed, and 1% does unpaid family work. The cost of living is pleasantly at 85.7%. There are 2.4 people per household. The median house value is around

Melissa Broadway Collection Development Assignment FRIT 7134Spring 2012 February 19, 2012

$187,000. Our top employers are hospitals, banks, schools, the court house, and electricity providers. In particular, Union General Hospital is the top employer with about 500 employees and United Community Bank is second with about 400 employees. Schools employ 300 people, while about 200 are government employees and Blue Ridge Mountain EMC employs about 100 people. I am the only second grade teacher at my school. I have five second graders. I only have one parapro. The school has three Para pros and three special educators. Two of these special educators are part time. We have a gifted classroom but no EIP classrooms. There are two gifted students at Woody Gap. I have one of these students and the other is a ninth grader. We only have one part time gifted teacher. There are no EIP or special education students in the second grade this year. We have no ESOL students at the school. My whole class in Caucasian and the reading level varies widely from borderline special education to gifted level. My students do not take the CRCT assessment at the end of the year. There are neither pullout nor resource teachers at Woody Gap. CURRICULUM REVIEW For this activity, I will focus on famous people who have influenced Georgia. In particular, I discuss the lives of Jimmy Carter, Mary Musgrove, Rosa Parks, Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, Martin Luther King Junior, Sequoyah, and Jackie Robinson. The aforementioned individuals are discussed in the second grade. The following standards are addressed within this unit:

Historical Understanding
SS2H1 The student will read about and describe the lives of historical figures in Georgia history. a. Identify the contributions made by these historic figures: James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove (founding of Georgia); Sequoyah (development of a Cherokee alphabet); Jackie

Melissa Broadway Collection Development Assignment FRIT 7134Spring 2012 February 19, 2012

Robinson (sports); Martin Luther King, Jr. (civil rights); Jimmy Carter (leadership and human rights). b. Describe how everyday life of these historical figures is similar to and different from everyday life in the present (food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation, rights, and freedoms). SS2H2 The student will describe the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past in terms of tools, clothing, homes, ways of making a living, and accomplishments. a. Describe the regions in Georgia where the Creeks and Cherokees lived and how the people used their local resources. b. Compare and contrast the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past to Georgians today.


Concept Historical Figures

Tasks/Activities/Products Use the internet to research the lives of the given individuals. Use books from the library and Alexandria to research these individuals. Identify the ways in which life in Georgia may be different had these important people never existed. Use a map to identify Georgia and Union County. Identify setbacks that each of these figures had when trying to accomplish his or her objective. Identify where each individual was raised. Identify four ways in which the lives of these individuals differ from our lives today. Identify four similarities also.

Resources 1. United Streaming videos 2. Current media center resources, books, videos 3. Maps 4. Social Studies textbook 5. Various websites about these individuals.


Melissa Broadway Collection Development Assignment FRIT 7134Spring 2012 February 19, 2012


Native American Cultures


Historical Setting for Each Given Individual

Use a map and the internet to see which parts of Georgia the Cherokee and Creek Indians lived. Identify the differences in culture between these two tribes. Identify the struggles faced by these tribes when Caucasians settled in Georgia. Identify two ways in which the lifestyles of the two tribes differed than the way we live today. Give one similarity. Use the web and your textbook. Identify two famous Cherokee and Creek Indians Identify when Sequoyah did and who he was. Use a rubric to evaluate students presentations of the lives of Native Americans. Identify where each historical figure grew up and lived. Identify the geography and culture of the regions in which he or she grew up and lived. Understand how the geographic and cultural environment may have affected each figure. Use a readers theater

1. Biographies found in the media center 2. United Streaming videos 3. Various websites about Native Americans 4. Books Native Americans and White Settlers

1. Maps to identify where each historical figure lived 2. Various websites and DVD resources about the regions in which each person lived 3. Social studies textbook 4. Books and videos

Melissa Broadway Collection Development Assignment FRIT 7134Spring 2012 February 19, 2012

First, I inspected the media center. All of the elementary school books are located on the shelves that you encounter when you first enter the library. The K-5 books are in the front of the library while the 6-12 books are distributed through the middle, back, and sides of the room. If a student is looking for a book, he or she will usually ask the librarian or look on the internet cataloging system. With my grade level, students usually ask the librarian. There is no Dewey decimal system on the shelves but located on the books themselves. The books are listed in alphabetical order. Reference books are on the side of the library under the windows. The conference room has the National Geographic magazines. This spreading out of material could lead students to falsely assume that the library does not have books that are indeed there. Hence, either these materials should be closer together or else there should be a sign indicating where the National Geographic magazines are located. Reference books are not used often due to low demand. The internet has caused the low demand for research books. The limited resources in our media center will not be effective in teaching our standards to the fullest extent. They can only provide a small amount of information. Next, I searched for books that pertained to my curriculum. The keywords used were the names of the famous individuals and Native American tribes. For example, when searching for Jimmy Carter, I typed in Jimmy Carter. I found several good fictional books about the historical figures but very few non-fictional books about them. Every relevant book is located on the K-5 shelf. The age and condition of the books varied widely and are directly proportional to each other. The books are seldom used. None of the books need repair. There are about ten fiction books and five non-fiction books. There is one book on the Cherokee Indians, one book on the Creek Indians, one book on both the Cherokee and

Melissa Broadway Collection Development Assignment FRIT 7134Spring 2012 February 19, 2012

Creek Indians, one book on Mary Musgrove, one book on James Oglethorpe, one book on Tomochichi, two books on Martin Luther King Jr., two books on Sequoyah, one book on Jimmy Carter, one book on Jackie Robinson, one book about the Trail of Tears, one book about Native Americans in general, and finally a book titled The School Is Not White! which deals with civil rights issues. The civil rights book is authored by Doreen Rappaport. David Adler authored one of the MLK books, which is titled A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. Jay Miller authored the Native Americans book. Joseph Bruchac authored the Trail of Tears book. Jill Ward authored the books on the Cherokee and Creek Indians. All of the other books were authored by Doraine Bennett. There is one video on each historic figure. The videos date back to the 1990s. The books that I found discussed all of the historical figures in my list. However, these books were not in-depth. The books are for children and do not discuss the lives of these individuals in great detail. Note that the standards are covered poorly because we only have one or two books per person. We can only give an overview of the standards with few details. The information is sparse. Albeit, the books do capture the essence of what made that person famous. Notwithstanding, the books do not capture the viewpoints of other individuals. The cultural outlook is narrow. Events and people are depicted in a black and white fashion. For example, the fact that some white settlers may have opposed the oppression of the Indians is overlooked. This could unintentionally create a vacuous bias that all white settlers are greedy. However, the books are not biased per se. They just do not tell the whole story. The Native American perspective is not given. In fact, there were no multicultural materials that I could use to cover the standards. The Doraine Bennet and Amelia Pohl books have call numbers 921E goes will all the books on the famous Georgian Americans. Next, the call number E379 goes with the book titled The School Is Not White. The call number E973 goes with the

Melissa Broadway Collection Development Assignment FRIT 7134Spring 2012 February 19, 2012

book titled Trail of Tears. E975 is the call number for the book on the Cherokee and Creek Indians. E973 is also the call number for the book titled Native Americans. The average copyright date is 2000. Our library needs non-fiction books. Funding has hurt our acquisition of resources. Even though our fiction collection is better, it needs to improve also. We need more up to date videos as well. I would also like to see the acquisition of a Smart Board. Even though the internet use has rendered some hard book searches obsolete, the utility of having a book available when needed will never vanish. We can have a play addressing the various cultures, customs, and traditions of the Native Americans in order to evaluate the multicultural aspects of resources used to cover the standards. We can also have a Cherokee or Creek Native American speaker to come to the school and present articles and clothing in a presentation. We can also get books written by either Cherokee or Creek Native American. This gives a first person point of view. I also see that the school doesnt have a video camera or Kindle that I could use with my students for this unit of study. Not only could I use these kinds of technology but our entire school would benefit from these needed materials. I would like to use the iPad to record my students presenting the people that they learned about and possibly even have them dress the part. I would be able to use the iPad to look up various research data. The Kindle would be used to search for books on the topics that the students could read. We could even search for books that were read aloud to the students. This technology would be a welcome sight with my little ones in the classroom. Furthermore, some online books are either expensive or hard to find. Next, books with different cultural viewpoints would be helpful. These books would teach students to see things from different

Melissa Broadway Collection Development Assignment FRIT 7134Spring 2012 February 19, 2012

viewpoints. The collection of fifteen relevant books is rarely checked out. There are about 10,000 books in the library. Out of all these books, about 50 are checked out now. The publication date is less important because little has changed about the impact of even the most recent of these figures since the 1980s. More money should be spent on non-fiction books than on videos or fictional books. United Streaming lets students watch many videos for free and fictional books do not provide the realistic information often needed for non-fiction resources. These videos can either be viewed by TV connection. The expense table is listed below. Apple PC iPads Video Recorder 1132 500 439.99 2076.7 200 1850 DVD/Videos Kindle Touch It Books Paper 884.96

BUDGET SUMMARY I did much research on books dealing with historical figures in Georgia by using internet sellers such as Amazon, Follett Tidal Wave, and Barnes and Noble. The books I found were non-fiction and should greatly enhance the collection of books at my media center. I spent $3974.60. I bought a Kindle, a video camera, an I-Pad, a Native American video, audio recordings, and many books. Relevant topics include Jimmy Carter, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson, Sequoyah, Tomochichi, Mary Musgrove, the Cherokee Indians, and the Creek Indians. I have ordered videos that deal with different cultures and cultural pride. The videos on culture and holiday pride address the culture topic. Note that the reading abilities of my students vary from gifted to special education. These videos will help those

Melissa Broadway Collection Development Assignment FRIT 7134Spring 2012 February 19, 2012

students who have trouble reading in that they can learn by listening. Civil Rights videos can be found on I ordered my videos on Videos on the Creek Indians can be found on Videos on Sequoyah can be found on These videos are free.