Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Parent-Student Book Club

It’s common knowledge that reading to a child helps them perform better in school. Bedtime stories become treasured childhood memories, but at some point we stop reading to our kids and we lose something in that. Gain it back by reading and discussing books with your Teen. You’ll have an opportunity to see how they think, offer advice and insight, and the best part is, it’s fun!

Check out these titles that can be read together and then check out our list of companion titles.

Companion Titles are books that are similar in theme and content so you can share new things with your reading partner.

Single Titles

Freakonomics by: Steven D. Leavitt (330 LEV)

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? Leavitt studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.
After you’ve read: Discuss whether the research seems to be true. What would you like to dig deeper into if you had the time?

Letters to a Young Sister by Hill Harper (170.8.4 GLA)

Each chapter is a letter beginning with an uplifting quote and post-scripted with a question posed via email (the formatting is lifted whole) and answered by a famous, successful woman like Nikki Giovanni, Michelle Obama, Ruby Dee and Eve. Writing in a conversational style, Harper focuses on a variety of different issues loosely grouped into topics like blues, love, family relationships, saving money and appreciating life (though not overly religious, Harper isn't shy with his beliefs).
After you’ve read: Discuss what issues girls that you know go through. How can the advice you’ve read help. Did any of the essays miss the mark?

Fences by: August Wilson (812 WIL)
The protagonist of Fences (part of Wilson’s ten-part “Pittsburgh Cycle” plays), Troy Maxson, is a strong man, a hard man. He has had to be to survive. But the1950s are yielding to the new spirit of liberation in the 1960s... a spirit that is changing the world Troy Maxson has learned to deal with the only way he can...a spirit that is making him a stranger, angry and afraid, in a world he never knew and to a wife and son he understands less and less.
After you’ve read: Discuss how pressures of the world can affect family life? Are there any pressures outside the home in politics or society affecting your home life?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Research Projects Galore

Projects can be fun or a pain, depending on whether or not you get to really choose how to present. Well, shout out to Dr. Hoover, because her classes are free to choose how they present for this semester's research projects. Now comes the hard part: putting the thing together.

Fear nor, dear student!

Video tutorials are here to save the day. Check out this tutorial for Weebly and all the others I've listed below.

We Video for Movie Making -

Using Audacity for Podcasting -

If you're interested in more, check out our Vimeo page via the link on the right side of the page.