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Anderson Learning Commons & Resources

Student reading a book in the Anderson Learning Commons

The Anderson Learning Commons offers a space for students to access information in various forms and collaborate or work independently to create knowledge.  The Commons combines the traditional library with state of the art technology for creating recordings, videos, presentations and written works.  There is ample room for students to collaborate on projects or find a comfortable place to read for leisure.

Within the Learning Commons, students can gain support from adult experts who will help students gain skills needed for success in college and use the resources available to support their learning.  Services and resources available include an audio-visual production studio, writing lab, meeting rooms, printers, numerous work spaces, and access to a wealth of scholarly information.

Our students live in a world where video has become an integral part of communication in virtually every area of the society in which we live.  Students are many times assigned or have the option to create videos.  The Digital Studio allows students to develop the ability to create and share knowledge in an increasingly relevant form with the help from the Audio Visual Coordinator.

As experts in teaching boys, we know they can be at a disadvantage when it comes to writing skills.  Our writing lab, The Write Place, is where students can strengthen these skills through one-on-one consultations on assignments or independent writing and is staffed by the members of the English Department.

With a focus on college preparation, how to approach a research project is important to college success.  As such, the librarian teaches information literacy within each grade level and is available for one-on-one student instruction.  More than adequate resources are offered through access to middle school, high school and college level databases, interlibrary loan from public and university libraries and the library's own print and digital collection.

The librarian and English Department recognize that boys are less likely to read for pleasure beginning in adolescence.  As such, the librarian teaches an Independent Reading elective in middle school and offers an optional reading program called Pagers available for all grades through the library and English Department.  

four students working on their computers in the Anderson Learning Commons

Recommended Reading List

Middle School

 

  Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbury Honor Book) by Steve Sheinkin
 

 

                               

   Rangers Apprentice #1: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

 

 


 

    Girls, Drums and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
 

 

 

      March by John Lewis

 

                                 

       

     The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

9/10

 

  Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

 

 

   

  American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
 

 

 

         

  Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
 

11/12

 

  The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

 

 

 

   Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

 

 

         

  The Martian by Andy Weir

Boys PreK-2


 

Pete's a Pizza by William Steig
 

 


   Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
 

 

 

  Where the Wild Things Are By Maurice Sendak

 

 

    Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss

 

 

       

  William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow

Boys K-2

 


  Elephant and Piggie (series) by Mo Willems



 

 

  Commander Toad (series) by Jane Yolen

 

 

 

   Henry and Mudge (series) by Cynthia Rylant and Sucie 

 

 

 

    Don't Throw it to Mo (series) by David A. Adler and Sam Ricks

 

 

 

    Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Boys Grades 1-3


 

  Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

 

 

  Ricky Ricotta (series) by Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat

Boys Grades 4-6

 

  Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer
 

 

 

    Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
 

 

 

   I Survived (series) by Lauren Tarshis 

Dads

Thumbnail of the Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

 

  
  The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

 

 

Thumbnail of Maus by Art Spiegelman

 

    Maus I & II By Art Spiegelman 

 

 

 

Thumbnail image of Old Man's War by John Scalzi

      

 

     Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Moms

 

  Radioactive by Lauren Redniss
 

 

 

 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
 

 

 

  One For the Money by Janet Evanovich