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Students Go Multimodal

Students go multimodal with some help from the Friends of the Library
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 The literacy programs in the Fair Lawn School District are consistently supported by the Friends of the Library (Maurice M. Pine Public Library).  For example, this civic organization supports literacy-rich resources and activities at the public library, engages elementary students in an annual Bookmark Contest and Bookmark Celebration, and provides scholarships to our high school students.  This year, organization leaders Barbara Blanchard and Dr. JoAnn Cardillo shared the group’s interest in increasing their support of middle school students.  After some collaboration about literacy department goals in multimodal argumentation and digital literacy, they co-created a new blog contest with Gary Pankiewicz, a Fair Lawn supervisor.  The Friends of the Library came up with the topic that asked students to envision the library of the future.  The school district developed lesson work in multimodal argumentation and reviewed the contest in Middle School Language Arts Department meetings. 

In the end, the following students received top honors in the blog contest in addition to a Barnes and Nobles gift card prize.
  We look forward to a continued partnership and Fair Lawn students’ literacy innovation in multimodal and digital literacies next school year.

 First Place:  Nicole Cohen, TJMS 
 Second Place: Samara St. John-Sebastian, MMS
Third Place: Shiwa Yangzom, TJMS

Check out this recent publication for more information on student blogging.