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Poetry in the Wild

poetry5Students and poetry took flight outside the classroom on Poem in your Pocket Day, April 24th. Armed with sidewalk chalk, students wrote passages from a number of well-known poets which included work by Robert Frost, Sara Teasdale, Shel Silverstein, Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda and e.e.cummings. Afterwards, students went “shopping” for five favorite lines from other poems, then worked in groups to create a new cento poem. Enjoy some of the
new creations.

Thank you, Dr. Bowe…

book coverThe subject of a recently published book entitled, The Death Class: A True Story About Life, Norma Bowe is most widely known as the professor who created the most popular course at Kean University. Her Death in Perspective class, at times, has a three-year waiting list. Yet, she took time from her crazy schedule to honor AHS’ Enthusiastic Readers on April 22nd. She brought inspiration and wisdom from her own life and her students, encouraging everyone to live life to the fullest by helping others. Her mantra, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” was heartfelt and evident in her remarks and in the YouTube video she shared. Thank you again, Dr. Bowe, for your time spent with us, and for being the amazing person that you are. Feel free to leave a comment for Dr. Bowe. She would love to hear from you!

Congrats, Enthusiastic Readers!

IMGP4871You are an amazing group that keeps growing every year, in nominations and enthusiasm!
I am so proud of you all. This pivotal time in your life is when you are “following your personal legend” and realizing that the path to “Type E” (enduring) happiness is not without risk, fear, or hard work. Just like Santiago in The Alchemist, learn HOW to trust your heart, read the omen’s along life’s pathway, and understand that as you look to fulfill your dream, it looks to find you, just the same, if you let it. How reassuring to know that books will always be there, right beside you, every step of the way…Enjoy the pictures from the day, compliments of Louise, Katie, and Chelsea.

Heartstrings Attached

Readers know that books have a way of tugging at the heart from time thearto time. Anyone who has read, The Fault in our Stars, The Cobra Event, or The Book Thief can attest to this. Take a moment to share the title of a book that made your heart skip a beat. All tear-jerker, and pulse-stopping titles welcome.


Welcome US II. Today you will have the opportunity to research a historical figure. Using our ebook collection, Facts on File, and print sources, collect evidence to support the question, “How is your historical figure responsible for shaping 20th century America?” Use this evidence as a guide to writing a thesis statement. Remember it’s OK to re-work your thesis statement as you are gathering information in this beginning stage. Don’t forget NoodleTools to help you create your Works Cited page. In addition to this paper, you are required to create a faux Facebook page. Go to the “cloud” to access this template in Google Docs, compliments of teacher Derrick Waddell. Use your research information along with your imagination to have fun with creating wall posts, friends and groups.  Any questions, don’t hestitate to ask. PS Click on the historical figures project to print another assignment sheet if the dog eats your original.:)

AP Lit Picks

Ms. Jacko’s class created a stellar list of reading suggestions, intended to enlighten and spark the imagination. The list is divided into six sections: Books to Read Before Graduation, Difficult But Worth It, Women Empowerment, Beach Reads, To Read Before You See, and Poets to Check Out. As you can see, these ladies are well read and meticulously chose work for even the most discerning palate. Bon appétit!


“Beauty is a form of genius….”

test4Oscar Wilde’s words aptly describe the art work of Ms. Jacko’s AP Literature & Composition class that graces the Library Media Center windows in center hall. Detailed paintings marry literary quotations to notable works for a brilliant “walk down the aisle.” Thank you, ladies, for leaving your mark for all to enjoy next year. Wishing you all the best!

Teen Book Finder App

appscreenshot_webNeed to find your next great read?  Looking for an award winning book or the latest trending books?  The Teen Book Finder app may help you find what you are looking for.  The YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) division of the American Library Association has created an app that can help you find the best books and media for teens.  It allows you to search by title, author, genre, award, or list.  Lists include:  Best Fiction, Great Graphic Novels, and Teens Top Ten.  You can create lists of your favorites and share what you’re reading on Facebook and Twitter.  It also has a feature to find a copy of the book at your local library.  The homepage features three daily hot picks.  The app is free and compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad (ios 4.3 or later).
(A special thanks goes to Mrs. Dera for the sharing this info with us!)

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

IMG_0883 (640x480) Thank you to all who attended the last Book Club meeting. The selection, “...Lemon Cake,” by Aimee Bender, received mixed reviews from attendees.  Comments ranged from “Liked it,” and “Weird,” to “Where’s the quotation marks?’ and “What’s up with the chair?” I anticipated a rather divided discussion, so I reached out to Ms. Bender, who graciously explained the lack of quotation marks: “I had liked how it looked in other books I’d read, and so it’s more visual than anything. But it also makes her (Rose’s) thinking and speaking less sharply defined which I didn’t mind either.” Makes sense when you’ve read the book.

Additionally, Ms. Bender also provided a link to an interview that explains the burden of sensitivities that plague her characters. Thank you, Aimee Bender, for enlightening us and creating prose that engaged us in great conversation!