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Kemper Library: No Ceilings English

No Ceilings English 6 & 7

Picture     What would learning look like with "No Ceilings"?
The Middle School English department offers a novel approach to English instruction. In this class, dubbed No Ceilings, students who have a demonstrated love of reading are given a curated book list across genres to match their established fluency and comprehension level. These courses include elements of self-paced literature work along with grammar instruction. Literature study will include a number of project-based assignments throughout the year. 

Literature Resources


What is AI?

What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a field of computer science and technology that focuses on creating machines, systems, or software programs capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence. These tasks include reasoning, problem solving, learning, perception, understanding natural language, and making decisions. AI systems are designed to simulate or replicate human cognitive functions and adapt to new information and situations.

"First Look" Evaluation of a Source

Evaluating Sources Using Lateral Reading

What does Lateral Reading mean?

How do you analyze the author’s qualifications or the trustworthiness of the site?


A recent study from the Stanford History Education Group tested the online evaluation skills of professional fact checkers vs PhD Historians vs undergraduate students.

The bottom line:

The truth is more likely to be found in the network of links to (and commentaries about) the site than in the site itself. Lateral readers gain a better understanding as to whether to trust the facts and analysis presented to them.

The conclusion:

"The fact checkers [using lateral reading] proved to be fastest and most accurate, while historians and students were easily deceived by unreliable sources."


Caulfield, Mike. Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers. self-published, 2017. Digital file.

Spector, Carrie. "Stanford scholars observe 'experts' to see how they evaluate the credibility of information online." Stanford University, 24 Oct. 2017, stanford-scholars-observe-experts-see-how-they-evaluate-credibility-information-online. Accessed 1 Mar. 2018.

Wineburg, Sam, and Sarah McGrew. "Lateral reading: Reading less and learning more when evaluating digital information." (2017). Stanford History Education Group Working Paper No. 2017-A1. Available at SSRN:

Infographic source: Joanna Novick, Milton Academy

Resources for Images


You will find images on our literature, history, and science databases that you can use, too.


Public domain refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. Anyone can use these images for any purpose, whether it’s commercial or educational.

To be on the safe side and to acknowledge the creativity of the original creators, it’s a good practice to attribute public domain images whenever possible, even if not legally required.


Include as much of the information below when citing images in a paper and formal presentations. Apply the MLA citation style using these elements.

  • Image creator's name (artist, photographer, etc.)
  • Title of the image
  • Date the image (or work represented by the image) was created
  • Date the image was posted online
  • Date of access (the date you accessed the online image)
  • Institution (gallery, museum) where the image is located/owned (if applicable)
  • Website and/or Database name

Creating Citations



Whenever you do research for an assignment, you must create a bibliography of all the sources you have used. In MLA format, this bibliography is called a Works Cited. It includes details such as the title, author, and publisher of a source. These must be formatted in a very specific order:

Citation Generators