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American Decades

Welcome, English III. Travel back in time and immerse yourself into America’s rich history by exploring the past. The three main areas to research for this project are a. major historical events, b. science & technology, and c. cultural/social aspects of daily life (fads, slang, entertainment). Learn about the decades by using the boards below, created on Pinterest by senior Chelsea T.

 1920s * 1930s * 1940s * 1950s * 1960s * 1970s * 1980s * 1990s * 2000s * 2010-present

Primary Sources

Need help with primary sources? First of all, you need to know what they are. Primary sources are original documents or objects created by eyewitnesses or participants during an event, study or historical moment, i.e., photographs, speeches, legal decisions, studies, artistic works, diary entries, interviews, or artifacts. They are different than secondary sources that summarize an event or historical moment after the fact or once removed, i.e., newspapers, magazine articles, textbooks, criticisms, encyclopedia entries. Secondly, it is helpful to know where primary sources are located so you can take learning to the next level.  Those who use primary sources often deepen their understanding of a topic by constructing new knowledge as they form reasoned conclusions. Amplify your knowledge base by using primary sources. 🙂

Digital Learning Day March 13

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is
success.” –Ben Franklin

DLD is built around conversation that focuses on the year long commitment we make to strengthen and extend learning for students via technology. What technology do you use to find answers, collaborate, raise awareness and create new knowledge? Join the conversation and make time on Friday to explore a digital resource, a program or an app that you feel will enhance your learning and student learning. New to Zite, Snappy Words, Twitter, Pinterest? Explore. Learn something new. Share. We’re all in this together. #DLDay

World Read Aloud Day March 4

catieAHS book club members took turns reading aloud to Mrs. Schleider’s and Ms. Zindel’s classes in honor of #WRAD15. Celebrated annually on the first Wednesday in March each year, the day invites readers around the world to unite through books. Our kids, big and small, enjoyed the words of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Catepillar and Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs in Ham, making this a special day for reading!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!


What does Twain, Chbosky, Angelou & Ginsberg have in common with Dr. Seuss?
All are catalysts for reading, of course!
Works by these authors were among those read aloud by students and staff in celebration of Read Across America day. Thanks to all who made this day a success, inspiring us with what to read next.

Teens’ Top Ten

Vote now! Voting is now open for Teens’ Top Ten, a “teen choice” list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. All teens are eligible to vote; voting will close at the end of Teen Read Week, October 18th. The top ten titles will be announced October 20th, so be sure to check back for the winners!   #whatrureading?

Teen Read Week 2014

“Turn Dreams Into Reality @ your library” is the theme for Teen Read Week, October 12th to the 18th. What are your dreams? Your aspirations? Begin cultivating your passion NOW by reading books related to your field of interest. Going to law school someday? Read One L by Scott Turow. Med school? Try Body of Knowledge by Steve Giegerich. Fashion industry? Check out Indie Girl by Arne Johnson. Turn YOUR dreams into reality @ your library.

May 22, 2014 Book Club Meeting

The last meeting of the 2013-2014 school year was very eventful and a complete success. Once everyone had signed in and jotted down a quick list of must-read book titles (ex: Unwind Series, We are Liars, The Sea of Tranquility, The Raven Boys), the meeting got underway. Jenna Beth, a junior member, gave a presentation on her volunteer project called Hallo-Math, which helps parents teach their young children math easier. If interested, contact Mrs. Van Hise in the fall of 2014. For my senior practicum, I decided to create a “One Star Review” quiz contest made up of lousy reviews of some popular novels for the book club to participate in. Take the quiz here yourself and see how well you’ll do! Also with the summer quickly approaching, some leisurely summer reads are a must. Mrs. Salvatore created a handy book log to keep track of the numerous books you’ll take on this summer! Happy reading!

Chelsea’s Top Ten

Hi Everyone! My name is Chelsea and I am doing my Senior Practicum with Mrs. Van Hise in the Allentown High School Library Media Centerchelsea1. Basically, I have been given a task as part of my internship to pick my top ten favorite books of all time and make a bulletin board promoting them. Since I want go into the publishing and marketing field specifically for books, this was the perfect opportunity to start out getting my top choices heard to the student body. Take a look at my choices and give one a try, I really enjoyed all of them!