Last month I chose to focus on use of newspapers in the classroom/shop. This month I would like to shift the focus to the magazines. The Tri- County LMC has many magazines that can be used to augment your classroom teaching. Aside from finding the magazines on the rack next to the circulation desk, you will find back issues next to my office. Your students and you have convenient access to magazine websites from the LMC website under the Databases and eResources menu.
The format of the magazines makes it an ideal resource to create engagement with the user. The information is displayed to the reader in manageable chunks. The layout in the magazine make the content appear as if it is within a self-contained unit and makes it easier for students to absorb the information when compared to text that may appear in a database or textbook. Magazines are focused on visual display of information. This supports the needs of those students who are more visual learners.
In a recent bulletin I focused on the merits of Newsela (Non Fiction Literacy and Current Events) in providing our students background knowledge through non fiction reading without the specific reading being a burden. The short articles within magazines allows your students to grasp short amount of information regarding a certain topic and use the magazine article as a jumping board for further research into that topic with other more in depth resources elsewhere in the collection. By clicking here you will be connected to a page that will provide you more in depth information about the types of magazines at Tri County along with a complete list of all the current magazines and periodicals. Hovering over the name of the periodical will provide you with more details about each type of magazine.
As I pointed out when I focused on newspapers, many established news organizations and magazines will have a staff dedicated to making a connection of the articles for classroom or nontraditional class teachers. Since it would take much time to provide links to all the resources available to you, I have decided to provide this educational lesson plan link for National Geographic magazine as an example of the fine material available to you with just a few clicks.
Please feel free to reach out so I can find you material that will help to enhance your lessons even further.