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Shore Regional High School

February 2012

William J. Valenti Director of Information Resources

Teacher Edition

Educational Media Specialist

THE VIBE Valenti’s Information Bulletin Essentials

SRHS GREAT BOOKS CLUB The English Teachers in Shore Regional are passionate about reading and discussing all the great characters and stories found in the vast world of literature. We are always looking for ways to transfer our passion for reading to our students. In the past few years, the English department has implemented a successful independent reading program in our individual classrooms. Readers of all abilities, motivated and unmotivated, cherished the idea of being given the responsibility to choose a work of literature they found to be of value and to share the experience in their unique way. The Independent Reading Program became beloved by the students, but it was not enough to quench the growing thirst for reading and discussion. Due to this overwhelming desire to continue their discovery of great literature, the students began to ask Ms. Bahrs and me start a club. Consequently, the Great Books Group was formed. This group is a mixture of teachers and students who collectively decide on a novel to read and discuss their experience every two weeks over snacks in room A-8. The students have already read The Scarlet Letter and have decided to read the incredibly popular Hunger Games next. Students are given a stress free environment to discuss why classic literature has stood the test of time and what modern works have the potential to become “great books.”

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FEBRUARY READER OF THE MONTH– CECILIA ROSS I have always enjoyed reading because it allows me to meet interesting new characters who have become life long friends (Sydney Carton, Jane Eyre, and Atticus Finch, just to name a few). Escaping into the worlds of some of my favorite books allows me to travel to great places; experience incredible adventures and learn valuable life lessons on the journey. I suppose this is why I am drawn to the historical fiction and fantasy genres. I have recently finished reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series as well as Susanne Collin’s Hunger Games trilogy, both of which I strongly recommend. I am currently in the midst of Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth, an epic medieval drama. I think my love for reading can be summed up best by the man whom introduced me to my passion, Dr. Seuss “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” “We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children.” ~ John Sculley

SEND TO KINDLE APP Send to Kindle is a free Windows program from Amazon. It enables you to send documents from your computer to your kindle or other device that has the Kindle app installed. With Send to Kindle installed on your computer you can rightclick on the document file and transfer it wirelessly to your device. A similar application for Apple computers is in the works and should be available very soon.


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