Moving On

Mira Costa HS

Dear 2009-2010 Students,

As you move on to eighth grade, I, too, am moving on. I recently was offered a position as the teacher librarian at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. As you know, I am passionate about the role of school libraries in fostering reading, research, information literacy, and technology skills, and am I therefore very excited to be returning to a library position. At the same time, I am so sad to be leaving Lindero. I had hoped to see all of you on campus this year and to get reports on how you are enjoying eighth grade. Since I won’t get to see you as planned, I do very much hope that you will keep me posted about your progress by email. My new school email is Please write to me! Or, you can leave a comment here. Remember, too, that you can continue adding postings to your blogs if you like. Please be sure to let me know if you are doing that, so I can follow you. You are also welcome to follow my new library blog.

It was a great pleasure and privilege spending the last year with all of you, and I wish you the very, very best this year and in the future.


Mrs. Lofton

For Hunger Games Fans

Hunger Games fans out there will enjoy this trailer for Mockingjay:

If you haven’t yet gotten into Suzanne Collin’s riveting trilogy, here’s a chance to listen to Hunger Games, the first book. Starting today, you have a week to download the audio book for free from Sync, the  at this link. I’m looking forward to enjoying the book again in audio form.

Listen to Some Great Books This Summer

Sync_icon_blueI hope that everyone is enjoying a relaxing vacation. As part of your summer break, be sure to read, and also consider listening to some great books. Sync, a site devoted to young adult audiobooks, is offering free downloads of two audiobooks each week this summer. Every week, the offerings will include one current book and one classic. Right now, I am enjoying listening to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which I downloaded from the site, while I walk each morning. Here’s a video about the program:

Do visit Sync and take advantage of it!

Here’s a list of the titles being offered:

Available July 1 – July 7
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Available July 8 – July 14
Over the End Line by Alfred C. Martino
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Available July 15 – July 21
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available July 22 – July 28
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Available July 29 – August 4
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Available August 5 – August 11
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Available August 12 – August 18
Beastly by Alex Flinn
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Available August 19 – August 25
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Available August 26 – September 1
Handbook for Boys by Walter Dean Myers
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Happy listening! 🙂

Students Book Recommendations

Below are walls on which students shared recommendations for a recent book. There is a wall for each language arts class. Please check these out for summer reading ideas. To see each wall in full-screen mode, click the “Post a Sticky” button on the wall. You can also move sticky notes around to view any hidden behind each other. Don’t forget to also check our booktalk blog for summer reading ideas.

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 7

Yearbook Day

A lot of today was taken up with yearbook assemblies, but we did finish the last of the student films about The Giver, we shared some favorite blog postings and booktalks from our Lindero Loves Books blog, and played the vocabulary game on

I also showed this fun film, “The Top 100 Children’s Novels,”  featuring 100 top children’s/young adult books,  to some of the classes. Click this link to check it out.

Tomorrow, I will be on the Golf ‘n Stuff field trip, along with many of my students. Those who are here on campus will be visiting Mrs. Porter’s class.

Here are a couple of photos of students with their yearbooks:


Here’s a student playing the game using our SMART Interactive Board:


Continuing Our Movie Presentations

Today, we watched more student films. Here’s another example of the many entertaining student films we saw:

Tomorrow, don’t forget to bring any books you still owe and portfolio items if you haven’t already. The yearbooks will be distributed tomorrow, but any students with outstanding books, library overdues or fines, or gym charges will need to clear those before they can receive them.

Collecting Materials and More Movies

Today we collected textbooks and portfolio items before watching more student films. If you have any books that you did not return today, be sure to do so tomorrow. You need to return all your books and clear all library overdues and fines in order to receive your yearbook. Also, don’t forget to bring your portfolio items tomorrow if you didn’t today.

Showing Our Movies

Today students showed their movies about one of the rules in The Giver to the rest of the class. We will plan to finish showing all the movies tomorrow and the next day. Here’s just one example of some of the great films students created. This one, produced by a team of Period 3 students, is about the rule that restricts parents to two children, with one girl and one boy:

For homework tonight:

  • Finish your final blog posting.
  • Bring in two or three items for your portfolio.
  • Bring in your literature textbook. Also bring in your English Workshop if you borrowed a copy rather than purchasing it.
  • Bring in any class library books you have borrowed and finished.

Olde World Faire Day

All the Seventh Grade students were participating in Olde World Faire today, so we didn’t have Language Arts classes. I enjoyed the opportunity to see most of my students at the event. Olde World Faire is the culmination of their Social Studies research about a medieval culture and trade. They all created wonderful booths and had terrific costumes and barter items appropriate for their culture and trade. Here’s a slide show of a few students I was able to catch for photo ops.

Students, please leave a comment sharing something about your Olde World Faire experience.