Dowling Catholic High School Media Center Update December 2014 RAC Books to Know About… The Other Wes Moore: one name, two fates by Wes Moore The author, Wes Moore, writes about his life and how he came to be a Rhodes Scholar and war veteran while a man with the same name, born in the same neighborhood ended up choosing a life of drugs and crime ultimately ending up in prison. The two Wes Moore’s never met until their fates had been determined, but the author wonders how family, opportunities, and societal expectations shaped both of their lives and how much was predetermined. Wes Moore interviews the other Wes Moore in prison and learns how easily both of their lives could have been changed. A good read for students who like non-fiction and students who are struggling to appreciate the support and opportunities in front of them that others might not have. Full Ride by Margaret Peterson Haddix Becca Jones is horrified to learn that her father has been scamming people most of his life in any way he can think of in order to get ahead. When he is sentenced to 10 years in prison she is about to start high school and feels truly mortified that he has conned most of her friend’s parents out of large sums of money. Her mother agrees to flee to a small town in Ohio where no one knows them. Three years go by and they do whatever they can to avoid anyone making a connection between them and the very famous white collar ciriminal, Roger Jones. As she begins to think about college her mother informs her that it is not safe to apply to any colleges or scholarships online. Eventually she admits that there have been death threats against them and that is really why they fled. Will she have to hide forever? Will she ever be able to get out from under the shadow of her father’s crimes? Upcoming Events: December is a Celebration of Advent The media center will be celebrating with a book display and video of information on Advent and Christmas. We will also have some lighter Christmas fiction on display. We will be decorating and playing music for the occasion. Stop by to help us celebrate! Web Sites to Know About… New Heartland Offering PBS Learning Media Videos http://search.alexanderstreet.com/pbsv This new site offered by Heartland AEA 11 can be found under online resources on the DCHS media center home page or using the link above. Username: 6957dchs Password: haea11 This site gives access to 414 clips from 40 PBS educational series. These can be used in teacher lessons and student presentations and transcripts of the clips automatically come up with the clip. The transcripts are searchable using keywords, so if you type of a particular word it will jump you to that part of the video clip. Citations automatically generate as well making it easy for students to site if they should choose to use any. Subject areas include space, important people and events in history, world wars, etc. Anyone familiar with PBS programming knows their educational videos are well researched and worthwhile. Teachers can also make their own clips and send them to mobile devices. You will need to create a personal account to do this. If you have any questions please come see us!
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