While NCAA March Madness results are recorded and finite, outside the basket court, March Madness found its way to the library of Canfield Village Middle School where the long-lasting results will continue to impact the eighth-grade students who spent a day amid the creative endeavors of their language arts teachers.
CVMS teacher Sabrina Eaton said the March Madness event was organized utilizing data from the practice Ohio Academic Achievement scores, which helped identify the areas the students would most benefit from review. The brackets included the categories of realistic fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, and fantasy/sci-fi. Categories in which the students competed included "Technical (literary) Terms," "Slam Dunk," which entailed two- and three-point questions meant to encourage critical thinking, "Foul Lines," and "You Be the Ref," which dealt with analogies. Eaton added that written work included a take on ESPN's "Six Things You Should Know," wherein the students were asked to include six things the reader should know about the book topic on which they were writing.
During halftime, which included book talk and refreshments, students were already offering their thoughts on the event.
Canfield Village Middle School eighth-grade students recently benefitted from a unique way to review OAA testing material when the school’s eighth-grade teachers held their own literary take on March Madness. Pictured are school librarian Terry Markulin, eighth-grade language arts teachers Patti Hockensmith, Sabrina Eaton, Renee Nagy, and Paul Miller, who is substituting for teacher Melissa Meese.
"It's a good experience and gives us a chance to see everything and not just hear it," said eighth-grader Anthony Clendenin, while classmate Anita Mancini said she found herself reading books fellow students had told her about.
With teachers serving as point guards so to speak, the event rebounded following halftime, and with the coupling of teachers' enthusiasm, and student participation and feedback, in the distance one could already hear the sound of a successful swoosh.