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

AHS Book Club Meeting 1/6/2016

On January 6th 2016, the Allentown High School Book Club started the new year with another successful meeting! The meeting mainly focused on the books that each member picked from the grab bag from the previous meeting, along with other books everyone is currently reading. Some recommended titles that we discussed include:

  • Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (suggested by Catie)
  • The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu (suggested by Stephanie)
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (suggested by Jake)
  • Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan (suggested by Mrs. Snook)
  • Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton (suggested by Grace)
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (suggested by Dylan)
  • Numbers by Rachel Ward (suggested by Vincent)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (suggested by Alyssa)
  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins (suggested by Elif)
  • Off the Page by Jodi Picoult (suggested by Amy)

Thanks to everyone who attended! The topic of our next meeting is favorite children’s books. We will travel back in time and revisit our favorite stories from our childhood! Happy reading 🙂 Notes respectfully submitted by Elif.

AHS Book Club Meeting 12/2/2015

On Wednesday, December 2nd, the Allentown High School Book Club held another successful meeting! We kicked off our meeting with a brief discussion about leadership positions; Congratulations to the following students: Senior Leaders­ – Aaron and Alyssa, Secretary -­ Elif, Media Manager – Crystal, and Matt – assistant-at-large.:)
Next, Matt read an excerpt from the book, Unsung Heroes, by Kyle Gurkovich. Kyle is currently a teacher at Piscataway and holds the world record for pull­ups! We all encourage everyone to pick up a copy of his debut book!
Some other titles that were recommended during the meeting include: ­

  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (suggested by Catie)
  • ­The Martian by Andy Weir (suggested by Vincent)
  • ­Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (suggested by Aaron )
  • ­The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (suggested by Elif)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (suggested by Brian) ­
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (suggested by Matt and Andrea) ­
  • Drinking Water by James Salzman (suggested by Dylan)

We encourage everyone to come out and join the book club at their next meeting after school on January 6th, 2016. This month’s focus: “Free Choice.”
PS  Thanks to Elif for the minutes of this meeting. Enjoy the holiday season, everyone. Peace, Love & Books to All.

AHS Book Club Meeting 10/29/15

hocus-pocus-469282_1280Grab your security blanket and a scary book for our next Book Club meeting on Thursday, October 29th @ 2:15 in the AHS LMC. The theme for this month is anything within the Horror genre: novel, short story, poem. Thanks to Mr. Frick for suggesting The Hell Screen by R. Akutagawa and student, Cole, for suggesting Needful Things by Stephen King. I love talking books with you all!
Leave more Horror suggestions below… PS Thanks to Pixabay for the scary image.:)

AHS Book Club Meeting 9/29/2015

WatchmanWhat an enriching evening of conversation! Thank you to students, parents, staff and community members for participating in a literary “first” at AHS. The evening unfolded with refreshments, open-ended questions thoughtfully answered, and readings from the first page of …Mockingbird and …Watchman, read eloquently by students. Commentary from L.A. Times Book Critic, David L. Ulin, added to the conversation. A special “Thank You” goes out to Mrs. Hogan from Hamilton Barnes & Noble, for your donation of raffle prizes and continuous support of our literacy initiatives, and to Mrs. Stein, for sharing information about numerous resources the public library has to offer. Enjoy the pics.

One School-One Book-Summer 2015

WatchmanThe AHS Book Club invites you to join “One School-One Book-Summer 2015.” Over the summer, pick up or borrow a copy of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee; pre-order now from your favorite bookstore or public library. Read about your favorite characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, then join us for an evening in the fall to chat about it. (Date TBA). Students & their parents/guardians, graduates and staff are all welcome to be part of our growing reading community. Start the conversation before this fall by posting your first reaction here or on Twitter using #redbirdsread and #GoSetAWatchman. Happy Reading, everyone!

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.

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. 🙂