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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer Reading Kick-Off Contest Winner!

Dorman's library sponsored a Summer Reading Kick-off Contest during the last two full weeks of May (read the details here.) We have a winner! Tatyanna entered every single day, even the days we were closed for EOC Testing. She made her way in here either second block, mornings before school, and in a few cases after school to submit her vote for the top book--all based on it's cover.  The winning Title where students were asked to "judge a book by it's cover" was Killing Me Softly by Sarah Cross, and this IS the book Tatyanna voted for each day! Part of the loot to win in this contest was a $25 gift card for a lunch date AND the library purchased a Summer Required Reading title for Tatyanna. The plan is to read the book and then take a friend to lunch this summer to discuss that book. Tatyanna chose Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 as her summer reading title.


May 2013 by the Numbers

Coming soon--> 2012-2013 Annual Report

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What's Your Required Reading for 2013-2014?

DHS 2013 Summer Required Reading Guidelines




The DHS official Summer Reading Brochure will be available for download in the coming weeks. It has detailed explanations of the activities associated with the reading requirements.

English 10 College Prep & English 10
Summer Reading is a required assignment in English 10 College Prep and is an extra credit assignment in English 10.  Students in English 10 College Prep are required to read the selected text and should be prepared on the first day of class, whether first or second semester, to discuss the text and write critically about it.

  • Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys



English 11 College Prep & English 11
Summer Reading is a required assignment in English 11 College Prep and is an extra credit assignment in English 11.  Students in English 11 College Prep are required to read one of the selected text and should be prepared on the first day of class, whether first or second semester, to discuss the text and write critically about it.

  • The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys
  • Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, Joh G. Neihardt
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  • The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
  • Saints at the River, Ron Rash

English 12 College Prep & English 12
Summer Reading is a required assignment in English 12 College Prep and is an extra credit assignment in English 12.  Students in English 12 College Prep are required to read one of the selected text and should be prepared on the first day of class, whether first or second semester, to discuss the text and write critically about it.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
  • V for Vendetta (graphic novel), Alan Moore and David Lloyd



World Literature
Summer reading is a required assignment. Students should choose one of the texts listed below and be prepared on the first day of class, whether first or second semester, to discuss the text and write critically about it.

  • Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah
  • An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography, Paul Rusesabagina and Tom Zoellner

Grade 10 STEM
Before the first day of class, students need to have thoughtfully read the following books:

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Sklott
  • The Time Machine, H.G. Wells



English 10 Honors/Pre-AP
The required works for English 10 Honors are listed below.  The texts should be purchased so that you may annotate them. Students in English 10 Honors should read Fahrenheit 451 and Unbroken over the summer and be ready to discuss and write about these two novels the first week of class. Students should purchase Between Shades of Gray. All English 10 Honors/Pre-AP classes will start the reading of Between Shades of Gray during the first week of the class.

  • Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand

English 11 Honors
Students in English 11 Honors are required to read the texts below. Be prepared on the first day of class, whether first or second semester, to discuss the texts analytically and write critically about them during class.  

  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte



AP Language and Composition
Students in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition should read one book from LIST A and one book from LIST B.  Students should be prepared the first day of class, whether it be first or second semester, to discuss the texts analytically and write critically about them in class.

List A:
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, James McBride
  • The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  • Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
List B:
  • Freakonomics, Steven Levitt
  • Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology, Neil Postman
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a DIfference, Malcolm Gladwell



AP Literature and Composition
Students in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition must complete all three reading requirements below. The texts should be purchased so that you may annotate them. You may order the texts online, or you may purchase them at a local bookstore. Call the store to be sure the texts are available. Students should be prepared the first day of class, whether it be first or second semester, to take a comprehension test, to discuss the works analytically, and  write critically about the works during class.

  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May Library Contest Underway!!

Our May contest is underway.  Have you voted? Here’s a reminder to...DO Judge a Book by its Cover.

2013 Summer Reading Kick-off Contest

  • WHO?  Sophomores and Juniors

  • WHEN?  May 13-24, 2013

  • WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

Summer Prize Pack:

Book of your choice from the DHS summer reading list and a lunch date package valued at $25 (so you and a friend can have lunch and discuss the summer read!)


HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

The library is displaying the nominated Teen Books that are in the running for YALSA’s Teen Top Ten! Before reading any of them, we invite students to come in and literally judge the books by their cover. Enter your votes IN THE LIBRARY. Vote daily!!

  • Do NOT vote for your favorite book

  • Do NOT vote for a book because you like that author.

  • Pretend you’ve read none of these.

  • Vote for the book whose design alone would entice you the most to read the book.

Simple as that! Voting takes place from May 13-24 lunchtime. All students who voted for the title with the most votes go in a drawing, so it’s really important to put your name and DATE on your ballot. Students may vote once a day each day of the contest. The drawing will be done live on the PM Announcements Friday, May 24.  


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Digital Citizenship: From Infographic to Display Idea

In a time of the school year when we are usually taking down displays and returning all book from special showcase locations to their shelf home for inventory purposes, I spent some time yesterday creating a display for a wall space.  I based it on this infographic I ran across yesterday morning.  I hope our students will take time to read through it and that our adults and those visiting over the summer will gain from it as well. It is based on this posted infographic, originally from An Ethical Island Blog.  


Thursday, May 2, 2013

April by the Numbers

April is a strange month for us, as we are closed all day during school hours for five consecutive days due to HSAP Testing (our exit exam for seniors.)  This will be true in May as well when certain classes participate in what is known as EOC (End of Course) Testing, which essentially is their course exam.  Here are April's statistics.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

2013 DHS Summer Reading Kick-off!


DO Judge a Book by its Cover

2013 Summer Reading Kick-off Contest

·       WHO?  Sophomores and Juniors

·       WHEN?  May 13-24, 2013

·       WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

Summer Prize Pack:

Book of your choice from the DHS summer reading list and a lunch date package valued at $25 (so you and a friend can have lunch and discuss the summer read!)


HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

The library is displaying the nominated Teen Books that are in the running for YALSA’s Teen Top Ten! Before reading any of them, we invite students to come in and literally judge the books by their cover. Enter your votes IN THE LIBRARY. Vote daily!!
●        Do NOT vote for your favorite book
●        Do NOT vote for a book because you like that author.
●        Pretend you’ve read none of these.
●        Vote for the book whose design alone would entice you the most to read the book.
Simple as that! Voting takes place from May 13-24 lunchtime. All students who voted for the title with the most votes go in a drawing, so it’s really important to put your name and DATE on your ballot. Students may vote once a day each day of the contest. The drawing will be done live on the PM Announcements Friday, May 24.  

Want to know more about the titles? Click here.