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Pivaro Econ Link

January Newsletter Links

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October Newsletter links

Native American History Project Assignment


Using the Digital Library (found to the right ► and down a bit) I strongly suggest the following Facts on File [use the American Indian History Online (click on tribes & culture area) & World Geography Online (for US demographic data)]; ABC-CLIO [American History (use quick search)]; Culture Grams [click on World (guy with funny hat) and use the link on the right -- graphs and tables -- you can build your own (US demographic data)].


Or you can be super lazy (or time efficient) and click here  or  here for US Data, or here for US Data (works ONLY on campus, if you are OFF campus, you must use the remote access)


For the full Census Bureau - click here


For information about tribes - click here


For information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - click here


For census information (specifically American Indian) - 


Good Luck!



September Newsletter Links

May's Newsletter Links

Students assigning their own homework 


Story Top - create simple a storyboard

Farm Subsidies

If you use the digital library and you should click here and then follow these directions:

  1. click on Gale Database
  2. click on Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  3. type in Farm Subsidies in the search box
  4. select an amazing article from the many to choose from

It really is that easy!!!!


There are also these resources for your assignment: 

February Newsletter Links

Classroom questioning techniques*

6 strategies for effective learning

4 ways to prevent plagiarism  

4 great writing activities 


*This link also has a plethora of resources for how to improve classroom questioning and socratic seminars 

Mr. Saunder's Adopt an element research project

Helpful hints for you....

  1. use Microsoft Publisher to create your pamphlet (use the search term of brochure when you search the templates)
  2. use the print sources available at the library on the book cart
  3. use the following non-print websites
    1. chemicool
    2. ptable
    3. chemical elements
    4. periodic table
    5. science spot

December 2016 Newsletter

In this month's newsletter, stories include engaging students to do their best work, Read to Achieve with the LA Clippers, Q&A with the creator of The Genius Hour, simple assessment strategies you can use everyday, spotlight on some of our new title (Gemina, Watched, Still life with tornado, Pasadena), November wrap up, and important dates in December. 

2017 Clippers Read to Acheive

instructions on submitting your entry

November 2016 newsletter links

In this month's award winning newsletter, stories include learning about a pineapple chart, getting students to write the great American novel, using emojis in the classroom, and questions to promote metacognition in students. Click on the links to take you to the original article and further information. 




Shmoop log in

Click here to access Shmoop's resources for Narbonne High School Students* (that's you!!!)


           *In order to get the magic word, you must email ( or stop by the library

Demo Congress

click here for the link

October 2016 Newsletter Links

Fall is upon us, even though the weather suggests otherwise. And this month's newsletter has articles on the following:


Destiny Quest App

Using Destiny has never been easier.... 

Search for Destiny Quest  photo.png

once you download the app (via the app store (iphone) or google play (android)) do the following: 

find our library catalog by first typing in

Select our school - Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High

Enter your LAUSD Single Sign On (the one you use to access your LAUSD school email & the school's wifi)

September Newsletter Links

Reading Strategies - Seven Strategies that Work from Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Douglas Williams.

SQ4R - An oldie but a goody, it has been around since the 1960s for a reason - it works.

The Cult of Pedagogy - Get into the 21st century by using google docs in the classroom, with 16 new ideas.

June Newsletter Links


Why Revise? Because you have an authentic audience .
4 practices for increasing student engagement 

30 techniques to quiet a noisy class

Low-states writing: writing to learn, not learning to write 

Genius Hour

ELT notebook article - 5 classroom management tips

Wattpad - world's largest community for readers and writers

figment - where writers write, meet, create, and connect

This I believe - a public dialogue about belief, one essay at a time (as heard on NPR)

podbean - an easy and powerful way to start podcasting. Everything you need. No technology to learn. 

The last 2 questions to ask yourself about student motivation

As promised, questions 4 & 5 from Jennifer Gonzalez's article "5 questions to ask yourself about your unmotivated students".

#4 - Do your words contribute to a growth mindset or a fixed mindset? Students are motivated to persist at a challenging task when they believe they can get better at it. That requires them to have a growth mindset, a belief that their intelligence and abilities can be developed with effort. Instead of praising something innate and fixed about a student, focus on specific things students can actually control. So instead of telling a students she's a great student, notice the level of detail in her lab report. Marvel at the level of difficulty she was able to handle on that challenging math problem. Point out how much preparation she must have done for the presentation she gave. When you have constructive feedback to give, follow the same principle and make it specific. Rather then telling a student she "needs to work harder" on her assignments, tell her what to work on. Is neatness an issue? Does she need to read the questions more slowly? Is she doing the advanced math right, but messing up with the basic addition and subtraction? If a student knows what to work on, she will be far more motivated to do that work. 

#5 - What are you doing to make your content relevant to students' lives? Showing students how the content relates to their lives really does make a difference. When students believe thy are doing something authentic, something that will improve their lives or have some kind of impact, they are naturally motivated. Making material more relevant can be as simple as occasionally stopping an activity to explain its relevance. When students are studying the Lincoln-Douglas debates, show parallels with the current presidential election. More reflection, even asking students to think about how course material connects to their lives can make a difference. One study had teachers ask students to write weekly reflections on how the material they were learning related to their lives; lower-performing students in these classes did better compared to those where teachers didn't use this intervention. Design tasks that end with a public product. Student projects have an authentic, public end product - a video, a live presentation, a community service project, a website- something that will ultimately be consumed by people outside of their own classroom. This naturally motivates students to work harder on a task. Take a look at your curriculum and see if you can find more ways to build assignments around real, public products. 

Google Proofing Research Assignments

To get the actual mini-poster, click here

Full article on Anti-plagiarism, click here

For direct access to the New York Times writing prompts, click here

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day

March Newsletter Links

10 ways teacher planning should adjust for the google generation - For the Google Generation, information isn’t scarce, and knowing has the illusion of only being a search away.


How has google affected the way we learn? - For those of us who grew up with search engines, especially Google, at our fingertips — looking at all of you millennials and post-millennials — this might seem intuitive. We grew up having our questions instantly answered as long as we had access to the Internet.


Student Single Sign on - directions on how to create their passwords

Super Saturday Information

Click here to access the amazing powerpoint detailing all the resources the library has.


Click here to access the student single sign on directions. 


To all the parents that attended, thank you and remember the library is always open!

February Newsletter Links

Beyond Working Hard: What growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains - this article is the springboard for other supporting articles (adults to learn new skills; growth mindset into school culture; making and struggling in class; mistakes can help us learn; the focus on student mindsets lets schools off the hook; clearing up some common confusions; students benefit from learning that intelligence is not fixed; and why talking about the brain can empower learners)


How To Design A 21st Century Assessment - this is the full article in which excerpts were taken from to fit into the newsletter. For further explanations of each action step, click on the link. 


Library Hours during Finals Week 2015

Library Hours during Finals Week 2015

LA Clippers Read to Achieve Writing Challenge

What is it? Take time out to celebrate the written word through a creative writing submission. This can be in the form of a: Short story, Poem, or Personal Essay. Entries MUST incorporate one of the following themes: Why is education important to you; what goals have you set for yourself for the future; or, what has been your proudest moment as a high school student


What can I win? Personalized Clippers jersey with your last name and favorite number; you and a guest are invited to attend the Clippers Community Kids Awards; and books, t-shirt, and school supplies


Is there anything else I need to know? You must have the Parent/Guardian Consent form signed prior to submission. Click here for the parent/guardian consent form


Where do I turn in my wonderful, creative writing?  The library (Mrs. Balala).


clippers.jpgWhen do I turn in my wonderful, creative writing? Last day is January 22nd

Fall Series Tech Workshops - Podcasting

Fall Series Tech Workshops - Plickers & Kahoot

Plickers --

  • no need for students to have their own device, uses a type of QR code


Kahoot -

  • students MUST have a device

November 2015 Newsletter...Hot off the Press!!!!!

In this months award winning NHS Library Newsletter read about the following:

Fall Series Tech Workshop - Twitter

Guide to using Twitter in your Teaching Practices - from KQED

Do Now Fall calendar 

YouTube video on Burton HS uses Twitter with KQED

5 Social Media rules for Tweens and Teens - commonsensemedia video

30 new ways to use twitter in the classroom - from Edudemic

Twitter for Teachers - Kathy Schrock (all amazing links, if you click on one link on this post, click on this link!!!!)

October 2015 Library Newsletter

Hot of the press!!! Read about using photography to improve language/literacy; learn what we are doing to celebrate Teen Read Week; discover a new database; and lots more!!!! Click here

Fall Series Tech Workshops

Fall Series Tech Workshops

September Newsletter

Check out the September 2015 newsletter! In this issue: Banned Books Week; Genre Labels, CCSS corner (annotation), Think B4U, and discover some new books.  Go to the folder labeled NHS library newsletters and click on September 2015!

February Newsletter and companion resources

Rensing AP Chem

click here for the ChemEd

December newsletter links and other information

Rensing Chemistry - Periodic Trends Project

Have you heard the one about a chemist who was reading a book about helium?

He just couldn't put it down.

First fun, then work. Here are some resources from the library to you on the periodic table of elements. 

Resources from Digital Library**: 

Gale - Science in Context

Facts on File - Science Online

**if you use these databases off campus, you must use the remote access first - click here

Resources from Destiny

Web Path Express (if it doesn't direct you to the bottom of the page, then scroll down)

Resources from print

These would be library books. Look for the decorated cart, there you will find all the books we have on elements. They are not allowed to be circulated at this time, so that everyone can have access to them. If you do go to a public library, look for books that start with the dewey number of 546.

Resources from the free web 

Web elements: Home of the periodic table on the web 

Los Alamos National Laboratory - the periodic table the government uses 

Chemicool - cooler than absolute zero

Jefferson Lab - it's elemental 



Your guide to the digital library

Here is the powerpoint presentation introducing you to the digital library (plus giving you directions to activate your LAUSD email account)

Access my school library app

Now you can access the excellent Gale databases 24/7 on your smartphone or tablet.  Here are the key words and phrases you need to know:

search the app store: gale cengage

[you want the green icon that says access my library school edition, remember green is for gauchos]

password: lausdnet

**you want to access library, update resources, access library, then gale databases** - for the first time

*you want to access library, then gale databases* - for everytime after

Don't forget to explore, there is a plethora of outstanding information!

Good luck and if you have any questions, don't hesitiate to email me:

being ethical when using photographs

Don't use the first image you see, it might be copyright protected and then you are stealing someone else's work. Use these websites instead to search for the perfect image for your assignment that is in the public domain 

Summer Reading

Gauchos, don't fall victim to the summer slide. Stop by your local public library and partake in their summer reading program.  


Senior Clearance

Mrs. Balala will ONLY sign Senior Clearance sheets during nutrition/lunch/after school.  Seniors, stay in class during instructional time! There is still learning to be done!

NHS Poetry Slam 2014

NHS Poetry Slam 2014

Hairston's WWII Scrap Book Assignment

Use these resources to aid your in your quest for an A

National Records and Archives - photographs, sound recording, very extensive records relating to all aspects of WWII

Library of Congress - look at the bottom of the page for the WWII links

WWII propaganda posters - from the National Archives

Don't forget our databases under digital library, found on the column to the right (use Facts on File - American History Online OR Gale - Student resources in context)

Chapman's LA assignment

Click here for some non-print resources

Happy Birthday, Los Angeles! - a look back from KCET (public broadcasting)

Southland - excavating the Urban History of LA

History of the LA Aqueduct - from the city of Los Angeles

South Central History - sourced from City of Quartz by Mike Davis

Los Angeles art history - a timeline from LA Times

Historic Modern Places - Los Angeles Conservancy

The graceful lines of Streamline Moderne - Los Angeles Times

Streamline Moderne - Los Angeles Conservancy

The Pan Pacific (streamline moderne) - LAistory

History of Los Angeles - LA County Board of Supervisors

employment data - Bureau of Labor Statistics (goes back to mid 1970s)

LA Almanac - demographics



you can't fool me: website evaluation

click here for the article and sample worksheet for website evaluations.  More info to come!!!

Anderson's WW2 Propaganda Poster Project

Use the following websites for information about creating your WW2 propaganda poster

National Archives & Records - provides links and citations provided by the National Archives related to its extensive holdings on World War II


Dr. Lieb's Anatomy/Physiology (Nervious system disorders)

NFL concussion rates are lower at higher altitudes - from the LA Times (also see sidebar for more articles)

Traumatic Brain Injury - from the Center for Disease Control

Head injuries in Football - complete coverage from the New York Times

Repetitive head injuries linked to brain disease - from PBS Newshour

US athletes still reluctant to admit head injuries - Reuters 

Twine's Spanish Class - Mexican Revolution

Mexican Revolution from PBS

The people of Mexico Living up to the ideals of the Mexican Revolution

Mexican Revolution - National Endowment

Mexican Revolution - Encyclopedia Britannica

Mexican Revolution - Wake Forrest University

Mexican Revolution - Constitutional Rights Foundation

Mexican Revolution - International Socialist Review

Interactive, student generated timeline - ReadWriteThink


Anderson's Hooverville assignment  Hoovervilles and Homelessness - from the University of Washington (emphasis on Seattle Hoovervilles) - Hoovervilles introduction with some pictures - Hoovervilles from Oklahoma

 pictures of Hoovervilles - from Calisphere (great California based educational website)

Library of Congress overview with pictures

Anderson's The Great Depression Timeline of Events

Stock Market Crash - from PBS

Stock Market Crash of 1929 - from Notre Dame

Brief History of the Crash - Time Magazine

Stock Market Fell to its lowest - Library of Congress

The Stock Market Crash - Oracle/Thinkquest

The Dust Bowl - Library of Congress

The Dust Bowl - American Experience (PBS)

About the Dust Bowl - University of Illinois

Dust Bowl Migration - Calisphere (State of California)

FDR - The White House

FDR - inauguration 

FDR - New Deal

Second New Deal - Sparknotes

The Great Depression - someone from Stanford

FDR - Library of Congress

Congress of Industrial Organizations - libcom

CIO - U.S. Department of Labor

CIO - Gilder Lehrman Institute

Grapes of Wrath - sparknotes

Grapes of Wrath - Shmoop

The ReDistricting Game - USC Annenberg Center/USC Game Innovation Lab

The Redistricting Game is designed to educate, engage, and empower citizens around the issue of political redistricting. Currently, the political system in most states allows the state legislators themselves to draw the lines. This system is subject to a wide range of abuses and manipulations that encourage incumbents to draw districts which protect their seats rather than risk an open contest.

By exploring how the system works, as well as how open it is to abuse, The Redistricting Game allows players to experience the realities of one of the most important (yet least understood) aspects of our political system. The game provides a basic introduction to the redistricting system, allows players to explore the ways in which abuses can undermine the system, and provides info about reform initiatives - including a playable version of the Tanner Reform bill to demonstrate the ways that the system might be made more consistent with tenets of good governance. Beyond playing the game, the web site for The Redistricting Game provides a wealth of information about redistricting in every state as well as providing hands-on opportunities for civic engagement and political action.

Play the Redistricting Game today!!!

Reapportionment/Redistricting Project -- US Gov't -- Fink

Use the following resources to assist you in completing the assignment.

maps of all jurisdictions

LAUSD school board

LA City Council Directory

LA County Board of Supervisors

CA State Assembly

CA State Senate

US House of Representatives

Census - to find all kinds of demographic data

US Census Bureau - data to infinity and beyond

Past elections in Los Angeles

Good Luck!!!!

Hairston's US History

Need primary source documents.....

American Memory

Prints & Photographs (from Library of Congress)

the one, the only Library of Congress

Fordham University collection

American Imperialism Primary Sources

Don't forget to use our Digital Library Databases for further information

QR Codes - a new way to communicate

First you need a QR reader, I suggest this one

 QR code reader app

Then to create QR Code, use the reader to scan this QR


Alternatively, use this website 

What is "inside" this weird looking gibberish?  

Websites, contact info, directions, phone numbers, answers, etc....  

Here are some links for how YOU can use QR codes in the classroom:

How can QR codes be used effectively in class?

Five reasons I love using QR codes in my classroom

YouTube video - black and white and scanned all over

Teen Read Week 2013 - Seek the Unknown @your library

Seek the Unknown @ your library! October 13-19. Seek the Unknown at Narbonne High School during Teen Read Week! Pick up sci-fi books, adventure books, fantasy titles and more. Stop by today and dare to read, just for the fun of it!

We also have the following activites planned to promote Teen Read Week

  • Monday, October 14th - stop by the library during brunch and watch book trailers. Maybe you will be inspired to create your own or find a good book to read.
  • Thursday, October 17th - dress up as your favorite literary character.  Bring out your inner Holden Caulfield, Karou, Katniss Everdeen, or Augustus Waters and dress up as them.  Stop by the library during lunch for a treat if you are in costume. 
  • Friday, October 18th - Give one, get one - book exchange.  Bring in your gently used book for recycling and pick up a new book.  

AP Government

mini-tech workshops

September 26th – learn how to use twitter to foster communication between you and your students. Jump on the social media bandwagon with this easy workshop and start tweeting. Bring your laptop.


October 3rd – share my lesson & khan academy. Share My Lesson is by teachers, for teachers. It's an easy-to-use source for classroom resources—and it's free. It will become every teacher's go-to online destination for the support they need. Khan Academy is the premier tutor for students. Learn how to access and promote these short tutorial videos to increase student achievement. Bring your tablet and laptop.


October 17th – Learn how to create QR codes. QR codes are easy to produce and fun to make, and they'll keep every kid's attention. These pixelated bar codes are digital magic for busy teachers! Use them for everything from running scavenger hunts to polling students. Bring your laptop.


October 24th Learn how to create a more engaging powerpoint by using Prezi.  Ditch the old boring Powerpoints for something that will keep the students and teachers attention. Bring your laptop.


November 7th – it’s Facebook for school, it’s Edmodo. Edmodo makes a teacher’s daily life easier by providing a safe and easy way for teachers and students to engage and collaborate for free, anytime, anywhere. Bring your laptop.


November 14th – All about apps.  Bring your tablet and discover new apps, such as Socrative and Access my Library that can make your life in the classroom easier.  Bring your tablet and smartphone.


November 21st – dump your flash drive with Dropbox or Google Drive. Instead of worrying about losing your flash drive or getting a virus – save all your documents in the cloud. For free. Bring your laptop.



December 5th – Learn how to Flip your classroom by using screencastomatic. Educators are using screencasts to record lectures, provide demonstrations, present orientations to an online class, tell digital stories, and give feedback on student assignments, among other things. Bring your laptop.




All workshops start at 3:20 in the library.     See you then.


For more information stop by the library, email, tweet @gaucholibrary, or call extention 7147.

Best of Broadway 2013

Focus on the following decades of fashion in New York City: early 1930s, late 1960s, early 1990s, present day.

  • Wonderful Town & 42nd Street - early 1930s
  • Hair - late 1960s
  • Rent - early 1990s
  • In the heights & Avenue Q - present day

Using the print (books that are pulled for you) and non-print (databases) create costumes for the selections.

  • when searching in the databases use the following searching terms
    • fashion 1930s
    • fashion 1960s
    • fashion 1990s
  • Use the following databases
    • AP images
    • Gale - Student Resources in Context
  • To access the databases - click the link to the right ->

Who is an entrepreneur?

here are some links to websites for the assignment:

AP students & teachers

A quick and free way to study.  Use quizlet . Interactive flash cards for all of the upcoming AP exams.  Use it now, thank me later :)

Allen's Spring Biology Research Assignment

Here are some helpful hints & suggestions:

  • If you are looking for books on your topic, they can be found in the 600's (under the glass windows)
  • There is a list of books and websites to use, they can be found here or on the home page of the library catalog web site
  • You must use a digital library article, the link can be found on this page to your right ►
    • you can also access Gale Cengage at home through your tablet or smartphone by downloading the app.
  • Also, you must create a correct work cited page (also called a bibliography).  Please do yourself a favor and use Easybib, which the link can be found on this page to your right (scroll down a bit, it's under the MLA links heading).

This assignment is absolute doable and could be the easiest points you will recieve in the next 6 weeks.  Biology is a required course, you must pass or you do not graduate.  Good luck.

Flatland: A romance of many dimensions

Click here to read about triangles falling in love....

Band up Gauchos! Use these sites to help you score high on the CSTs!

Looking for a more interactive way to review the CST released test questions*, click here!  Scroll down the page to access the California tests. *World History, US History, Physics ONLY

English CST by way of jeopardy.  

quizlet -CST study sets - English, world history, algebra, US history


Algebra II

And of course don't forget Khan Academy 


Win a $2500 scholarship

In a world full of apples, are you an orange? Show us your slice of life.

There's more than one way to peel an orange and there's more than one way to learn. Join our contest by submitting a short, one- to two-minute video.

Get creative! In your video, show us what makes you a unique learner who values a personal learning experience. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the best story, with the runner-up winning a $500 scholarship!

In a world full of apples, give the world an orange. Be creative and show us A Slice of Your Life!

Click here for more information - deadline is April 19th

Teaching Tolerance - A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.

Resources include: lesson plans, access to free videos, articles, news, and other information.

A must for US History, Government, ESL/ELL, and English classes.

Luty's Law Class

Gaucho Readers Book Club

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors.  From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Join us as we discuss Legend by Marie Lu on March 15th after school in the library or discuss on line at

Pick up your copy of Legend today and discover a whole new Los Angeles.

Moore's Senior English Class

Use these links to prepare for your essay:

Digital Library   - use Facts on File, then Bloom's Literary Reference OR Gale, Lit Resource Center

How to Cite your sources  - a handy quick reference guide to citing your sources OR come prepared with your list of cited sources completed courtesty of EasyBib

Luty's World History Links

Here are some helpful links:

US Deptartment of State  - when you need to know of travel warnings

Booking a flight, try these:  Kayak , Expedia , travelocity , Orbitz

Don't forget to use the digital library databases to gather your information or download the Gale Cengage app. 

Good Luck.

follow us on Twitter

Getting information has never been easier, just follow us on Twitter - @gaucholibrary

Thank us later :)

Hoffman's English Classes

Here are some additional links/resources for the Kennedy/Keller assignment.  Also, don't forget to use the digital library on campus to email the articles to you for later. 

If you have a smart phone or tablet, use the Gale App for ALL of your researching needs. 

Quotes by Helen Keller 

Keller bio via Library of Congress

Keller primary source documents (speeches, letters, etc...)

New York Times Obitutary of Keller

Keller speech to the Lion's club

Who stole Helen Keller?

Chapman's Biography assignment

Need help with questions, use Bloom's cues...

When developing/creating questions for students to answer, use these keywords/question cues to determine how easy or difficult you want the assignment to be:

knowledge (lowest level): list, define, ...more

Preventing Plagiarism and Developing Critical Thinking Skills

Before computers wasn’t copying out of books not allowed? Or is it just that technology has made copying easier? Plagiarism creates many problems for teachers and librarians and does not contribute ...more

Saunder's ICS Periodic Table Links

L.A. Youth art contest - 1st place wins $100

Most of us have spent time thinking about the future. What will life be like and what will our world look like? For this year's art contest we want you to create a piece of art that shows us what ...more

New Essay Contest - win $50

Who or what are you jealous of? We've all been jealous at one time or another, whether we were envious of someone's looks or possessions or abilities. When we're kids we get jealous of the toys ...more

We the Students Scholarship Contest

Bill of Rights Institute - We the Students Scholarship Contest For High School Students

Deadline: Friday, November 16, 2012

Students will answer the following questions:  What role do the ideas of the constitution have today?  What rights should the government protect?

To participate in the contest, high school students will answer three questions around the ideas of the Constitution and the role of government. One $4,000 prize will be awarded for first place, one $2,000 prize for second place, and one $1,000 prize for third place. Two $500 prizes will be awarded for honorable mentions.  

For more information, go to

Personal Statement Tips

Click here for some links to help you write the most important essay/letter/statement of your life!!!!

Prezi - a new way to PowerPoint

Tired of the old, boring Powerpoint, then meet prezi!  Prezi is an interactive, engaging way to present your information and to have information presented to you.  Click on this link to find out more . It might be a little slow loading the page, so please be patient :)

November Newsletter hot off the press

Read about how teens research in the digital world; the wonders of the library web page; spotlight on new books; and in the Gaucho Tech corner - Prezi, a new way to present your information.  Click here to read all about it!!!


Looking to ditch your flash drive, look no further than dropbox.  Once you sign up (it's free), you can toss your flash drive goodbye.

Nguyen's ICS - Volcano Research Project

Here are some resources to help you with your project, good luck!

Documenation of Sources help:

Citation Machine

Noodle Tools

Powerpoint help:

how to make your powerpoints more powerful

how to make your powerpoints more effective

Sarnoff's English Classes

 English 10, use these resources for your research

Ancient Rome - Facts on File

start with this topic and search for more on the Roman Empire during the time of Caeser

For English 11, use these resources

Allen's Biology Classes

Use these links to help with your Spring Research Paper

An illness of a body system - Salem Health ; Gale Cengage

An issue affecting the biosphere, a specific biome, or a specific species - EBSCO ; Facts on File ; Gale Cengage

*Remember - access these databases on campus and email the article to yourself so you can access the information at home*

Hot off the presses...the May Newsletter

Get Caught Reading and Win a $25 gift card to Amazon!!!!

Kindle tips

check out these websites for some tips, useful info, and ways to improve your reading experience

Top 10 tips for Kindle

amazon to manage your Kindle

complete guide to Kindle Fire

10 different ways to use your Kindle

to log into LAPL's catalog click here

Hot off the presses...the April Newsletter

Social Networking 101_what you need to know in order to be safe online

  • Use Privacy Settings: A no-brainer. Keep the weirdos out of your profiles and photos. Don't make yourself an easy target for bullying.
  • Think before you post: Imagine a teacher, family member, ...more

Hot off the presses...the March Newsletter

Doodle 4 Google and you could win $30,000

Doodle 4 Google invites K-12 students to express the theme--” If I could travel in time, I’d visit...” --as creatively as possible using Google’s logo as their canvas. This year’s winner, along with ...more

Create a cool science fair project, compete for $100,000 in scholarship funds

The Google Science Fair is in its second year in partnership with CERN, LEGO, National Geographic and Scientific American. The competition is open to students between the ages of 13 - 18 from all ...more

Google Code-in

Google Code-in is a contest designed to get students interested in open source software. Students complete tasks in one of eight categories: coding, translation, outreach, documentation, quality ...more

Gaucho Readers - what district are you in?

The Gaucho Book club has selected The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as its next selection.  Read about 24 kids fighting to the death while the whole nation watches LIVE on TV!  Who will make it, who won't.  Find out when you read The Hunger Games.  We will meet on March 16th at 3:30 in the library for some food and discussion.  May the odds be ever in your favor.

Don't forget your public library

During the weekends or late after school, the public library is open.  The Edna Marinella Library and the Harbor City-Harbor Gateway Library are partners in education.  Here are some helpful links to connect you to your local public library

access the catalog -

Harbor City-Harbor Gateway Library Blog

Like us on facebook

Follow us @Harborgreatway

Gaucho Book Club

Who:  anyone who spends time on campus; when:  we will meet January 19th 2012 at 3:30 in the Library; what:  read Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Why

Anything else:  snacks will be provided and a facilitator is needed. UPDATE:  We have a faciliator!  Thank you Ms. James!

Check out these academic enhancing links

Khan Academy ( ) - “I try to cover all topics that would appear on A.P. test, SATs, and other standardized tests. Taking it a step further, there are several hundred videos devoted to SAT, CAHSEE and other standardized test problems. I also believe that, because of the granular nature of the 10 minute videos, the  content can be mapped to almost any state's or nation's standards.” - Sal Khan

Academic Earth ( - take online courses from the world’s best scholars through academic videos.

60second Recap ( ) - 60second  Recap wants to make the great works of literature accessible, relevant, and, frankly, irresistible to today’s teens. Through  video albums, we seek to help teens engage with the best books out there ... not just to help them get better grades, but to help them build better lives.

Shmoop ( - study guides & teacher  resources.  “Best of the internet” - PC Magazine.  “A very nice mix of rigor and fun” - School Library Journal.  “2010 top tech pick” – Scholastic

Vote for your favorite snowman or snowwoman

Stop by the library to vote for the best looking snowman or snowwoman designed by the Library Practice students.  Voting ends December 15th.  The winner will be announced on December 16th. 

December Newsletter is here!

To the left, hot off the presses is the December 2011 issue of the Library Newsletter.  Topics this month are:  perspectives of students in post secondary education, the best 20 minutes everyday - SSR, funds 4 books, Gaucho Book Club, and Spotlight on adventure.  Click on the file and find out what's going on @yourlibrary.

Complete the Survey and be entered to win $100!

Help us, help you!  By completing this survey by LA Youth on school budget cuts .  Under teacher's name type in Kimberly Balala. 

Teen Read Week 2011 - Picture it @ your library

The Edna Marinella Library @ Narbonne High School will celebrate Teen Read Week™ (October 16-22, 2011) with special events and programs aimed at encouraging area teens to read for the fun of it. ...more

Library Grand Re-opening

Please stop by during your conference period on October 14th for a new look of the Edna Marinella Library.  Find out what resources are available.  Take a look at the collection.  Refreshments will be served.


To access Schoology click here

Naviance Login

Click here to access Naviance (for students)


Click here to access Naviance (for teachers/counselors)

LAUSD student email

to change password, activate account (if you know your pin) - click here

to access email account - click here


Looking for a great book?

To access the Library Catalog use the link below

Edna Marinella Library Catalog

Digital Library

click here to access the digital library both ON and OFF campus (to use off campus, you must have your Single Sign On - see Mrs. Balala for more information)



IXL Login

click here to login IXL

CPM Login

To access your Algebra, Geometry,or Algebra 2 textbook online click here 

*remember each access code is unique to the teacher (therefore see your teacher for the access code)

Gaucho Book Blog

What should I read next?

So, you've finished a book that you loved and want to read more like it.  Click here, follow the directions, and a list of books will appear.   

video tutorial library

Tech Links

file converter extraordinaire use this when you need to convert your .wps into a .doc to print out

pages to word...use cloudconverter

convert files online (if you have problems with the link above) with

instead of using the same, old, boring powerpoint use prezi

follow us on twitter @gaucholibrary 

Edu Links

Khan Academy - short tutorial videos

Academic Earth - online lectures

60 Second Recap - book recaps and more

Shmoop - student guides and teacher resources

CK-12 Foundation  - they help you learn (books, resources, interactive, concepts, exercises)

Library of Congress  - teacher resources, including full lesson plans with resources

Writing Topics  - when you are stuck and need a writing prompt

Deliberating in a Democracy - free lessons on controversial topics

Teaching Tolerance - A project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Wonderful classroom resources (including lesson plans)

quizlet - free interactive flash cards from around the world to help you pass that test

Pro/Con - Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.

Stanford History Education Group - free lesson plans for US History & World History

New York Regents Exams - assessments

International Monetary Fund - if you need socio-economic data about any country in the world, look no further than the organization that works to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

Internet History Sourcebooks - a collection of amazing resources from Fordham University

Google Public Data - create charts/graphs for all kinds of data courtesy of Google

Google Books

Google Scholar

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing - from the NY Times

Teaching with Comics & 5 Free online tools to create comics

The OWL at Purdue: Preventing Plagiarism lessons

Newsela - Launched in June 2013, Newsela publishes high-interest news articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 3-12 using Newsela’s proprietary, rapid text-leveling process. Common Core–aligned quizzes attached to articles give educators and parents insight into their students’ reading strengths and weaknesses. Newsela develops nonfiction fluency and critical-thinking skills necessary to master the Common Core standards for informational text.

Plickers - Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.



College Board - to register and learn more about the SAT

Quizlet - flashcards, quizzes and more for the SAT

Quizlet - flashcards, quizzes and more the ACT

The ACT - to register and learn more about the ACT

The Prep Factory - PrepFactory offers students a series of tutorial videos and written tips to help them prepare for both tests. After completing a tutorial students can test themselves in a series of practice questions. Each question set is timed and and limited to chunks of ten questions at a time. Students can earn badges for completing tutorials or question sets.


Visit my diigo page for infographic resources - click here

MLA Links

Here are some links to help you with your MLA paper and bibliographies

OWL @ Perdue

Citation Machine





digital citzenship

Tech Time Digital Citizenship Curriculum (Deb Stanley)

Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship toolkit

Common Sense Media - digital citizenship videos

Edutopia: 6 resources for digital citizenship

Digital Access LP

Intro to digital citizenship - YouTube

A story of an internet addict! (health & wellness) - YouTube

Internet and Computer Addictions: signs, symptoms, and treatment (health & wellness) - article

What is digital citizenship? (introduction) - YouTube

The nine elements of digital citizenship (introduction) - YouTube

Be a digital citizen (introduction) - YouTube

Digital Citizenship: One Small Step (introduction) - YouTube

Internet filters & censorship globally (access) - YouTube

Why secure passwords (security) - YouTube

Playing and staying safe online (security) - YouTube

Sharing information online (commerce) - YouTube

Are you hackable or uncrackable (security) - play a password game

How to follow proper netiquette rules (etiquette) - YouTube 

Cyberbullying (etiquette) - NSTeens

Standing up to cyberbullying (etiquette) - FTC video

What is digital literacy (literacy) - YouTube

Digital natives vs. digital immigrants (literacy) - YouTube

Getting Gauchos to College

presentation on writing your personal statement/college application essay/scholarship essay -- remember, it's your story!  Be awesome and tell the reader why you are cool. - get ready for college (sponsored by the College Board)

How to build a college list - find colleges that fit you

college bound DREAMERS financial aid links


APA Format Guide and Links

Use these when you are stuck trying to figure out how to format your paper in APA style

OWL @ Purdue University (a favorite among teachers)

APA Style (the official site of APA)

son of citation machine

Noodle Tools express

cyberbullying websites

Links for Mr. Greas class

Common Core Links

other links

College Matters - For Life

Here are some websites to help you plan for your future - get ready for college (sponsored by the College Board)

How to build a college list - find colleges that fit you

college bound DREAMERS financial aid links

The Edna Marinella Library

picture of the library