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We subscribe to five online databases. Each is linked above. Ask Ms. Gantt what the usernames and passwords are to use them!

Media Teacher


Michelle Gantt

Genre Study

Different genres have different kinds of settings, conflicts, and characters. Here is a list of some of the genre you may be reading:       


Animal Stories                       

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Drama (Plays)



Fiction in Verse                       

Folklore/Fairy Tale

Historical Fiction





Realistic Fiction


Science Fiction

Short Stories

Tall Tale







Narrative Nonfiction


Iron Horse Library

Battle of the Books 2014

The Battle of the Books is a competition between SRVUSD middle school students who love to read. Participating schools will meet during the spring at Cal High School for a Jeopardy-style competition to see who can answer the most questions about the 9 books they will read. Stone Valley won last year so we need to earn our title back! We have won the Battle of the Books two times in the six year history of the competition. Let's hope we do it again. This year's titles have been chosen and we are in the process of ordering them. If you are interested in joining the team, come see Mrs. Gantt in the library. Also, listen to the announcements to see when our first meeting will be. Mrs. Gantt will have several copies of each book for students to use. Go Jaguars!

This year's titles have been chosen and we are awaiting Board of Education approval! If you want to get a head away. Remember, the Board hasn't approved these for our competition yet so you might read an extra book (never a bad thing).

Here are the titles:

The Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 by Elisa Lynn Carbone

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Faith, Hope and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Invisible Lines by Mary Amato

Take Me to the River by Will Hobbs

Ungifted by Gordon Korman





Passes Required at Lunch

In an effort to ensure that all students have access to a quiet place to work, read, or study at lunch, we require that each person visiting during that time have a pass. These may be picked up in the morning before school or during break in the library. Our guidelines are as follows:

Be Kind

Be Honorable

Be Respectful

We depend on you to be honorable at all times and respectful of all students and staff who use the library.

It is important that you do not inconvenience, offend, or limit the rights of others who want to access print and online materials, read, study and enjoy the library.

Students must have a clear and appropriate purpose when they come to the library, including:

   •READ       •STUDY     •RESEARCH   •DO HOMEWORK                


Other people have the right to quiet so they can think. If you need noise to work, you may find another place.

8th Grade Research Paper Survey

SBAC Survey

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Resources for Digital Images

Using digital images in your presentation will create interest and capture your audience's attention. You must cite all of your sources, even these. Use the "All 58 Options" tab on EasyBib to find the correct format for digital images. When possible, use pictures and videos you create. Finding copyright-free images is the next best bet. Below you will find a list of potential sites for those. If you use an image that is protected by copyright, you may not publish it on the web without permission, but may use it as fair use for education for reports that you turn into class.

The following links have links to MANY copyright friendly sites: