Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sra. Muller~Spanish 4~Qt. 2 Project~Los Deportes

Señora Muller/ Español 4
Qt. 2 Project

No translator can be used for this project. Dictionaries will be available for all in the library.

Access Library Resources through DESTINY

Online Databases (VRC)

Academic Integrity

Los Deportes
1. tendran 3 dias en la biblioteca

2. Hagan un folleto de una escuela de__________(deporte)
3. Necesitan 4 paginas del folleto
4. Use p. 94

Las Paginas:
a. p.1  como p.94
b. p. 2 son como p.94  y contestan las preguntas:
    ¿Cuales paises en Latina America y España se puede participar en este deporte? (una o   
    dos frases)
    Qué beneficios fiscios oferce este deporte.
c. p.3 paquete de 1 día/ paquete de 3 días
 p. 4 work cited page (10 points will be lost if this is missing)
    (use un libro de la biblioteca, los sitios de la Red educativa, Google solamente para

Due: 12/21/12

1. You will have 3 days in the library
2. Make a brochure about a school of (sport)
(use p. 94 from the textbook as an example)
3. You need 4 pages for your brochure
a. p1 p. 94
b. p. 2 like p. 94 and answer the following questions in at least two to three complete sentences.
What countries in Latin America and Spain can you participate in this sport? Why did you choose this sport?
c. p. 3 one day and 3 day packages
p. 4 work cited page (You will lose 10 points if missing)
(use one library book, database, educational websites, Google only for images)

Grading Rubric

Sra. Muller & Mr. Miller/Spanish 4/Qt 2 Project: Los Deportes
Rubrics: Points
Due December 21, 2012(10) ____________________
Brochure Format (20) ____________________
Spanish usage without translator (30) ____________________
Followed format on p.96 (15) ____________________
Creativity/ Originality (10) ____________________
Utilized website & cited sources (15) ____________________

total: (100) ________________

See Mrs. Hatcher if you have any questions or need assistance with the recommended information resources and work cited format.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Mr. Cereola ~ Writing @ the Threshold Research Paper

Writing at the Threshold

For this assignment students will research and write a paper on a topic of their choosing. 

Sample topics: 

  • Peer Pressure
  • The U.S. Civil War
  • Legalization/Legislation of Marijuana
  • Gun Control/2nd Amendment
  • NFL Quaterbacks Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, etc.
  • Illegal Immigration
  • Effects of text message on the individual and society
and so on..............................

Mrs. Hatcher will assist the class with an overview of the new Destiny Library Services.  Instruction to include a review of online resources recommended for this assignment such as SIRS Knowledge Search, eLibrary and Noodletools. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mrs. Domino: F.A.C.S. ~ Preschoolers Emotional Development Essay

Your assigment:

Find an article on emotional development of preschoolers 4-6 and type and attach article to it.

Some suggested topics:

Sibling rivalry
Separation anxiety
Violent behavior

Be prepared to read what you have written(so proofread) and give at least 2 suggestions for the problem you researched. The suggestions would be as if you were an Early Childhood Educator and was giving advice to a parent or fellow colleague. This will be handed in to me and counted as a test grade.

Suggested Resources:

Parents.com Website

Pampers Village website. This section of the site contains questions/answers to common behavior problems in preschooler.  Emotional development topics listed separately.

Social-Emotional Develoment in Young Children.  A general information source which gives scenarios of different emotional behaviors of preschoolers.

Growing Together: Preschooler Development. This article offers some general information on preschooler development.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mr. Swain~ Writing at the Threshold- Research Paper

Objective: Prepare a 5-7 page research paper using MLA standards based on a
question you would like to answer
Sample questions:
Are social networking cites good for our society? Should teachers get tenure?
Should insider trading by congress be allowed? Is the use of standardized tests
improving education in America? Do violent video games contribute to youth
violence? Should marijuana be a medical option? Should the drinking age be
lowered from 21 to a younger age? Should people become vegetarian? Should
euthanasia be legal? Are cell phones safe? Should gay marriage be legal?
Should performance enhancing drugs be accepted in sports?
Do not pick a topic that you have your mind made up about. Your research should lead you to the formulation of your thesis.
MLA guidelines: formatting (heading, font, etc.), parenthetical references, & work cited page.
Suggested Resources in VRC:
  • eLibrary (located in Pro/Con section)
  • SIRS Knowledge Source (Researcher, etc.)
  • CQ Researcher
Also, you can search in Destiny for books on your topic. 

Ms. Thomas~ A Thousand Splendid Suns Research Project

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Pre-Reading Research Power-Point Presentations—Due:

For this assignment, you will work with a partner to research one of the following topics.  It will be your job to teach your classmates what you have learned so we all have an adequate understanding of the topic.  You will have two days in the computer lab to research and put together your presentation.  You must cite all sources in MLA style as the last slide of your PowerPoint.  See Ms. Thomas' handout for list of topics.

Suggested Resources: 

  • VRC (Virtual Reference Collection)- World Book Online, ABC-CLIO World History, eLibrary, etc.
  • Search Destiny's Library Catalog for a list of books for your topics. 
See Mrs. Hatcher if you need more assistance with resources.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mrs. Gandt~ I-Search Research Paper

The I-Search Paper
Notes based on The I Search Paper (1988) by Ken Macrorie
MLA info: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl

The I-Search Paper directly involves you, the writer, into both process (searching for info) and product (the writing about that search).  It challenges the concept that research is the searching again for information already documented.  If you have never searched for information on the topic before, there is little re about it.  You will connect to the topic in a unique way that cannot be ignored.

The paper will have five written components:
1.                  My Question   (and why I decided to research this question)  “I” format
2.                  My Search Process   (the story of the hunt)  “I” format
3.                  What Has Been Learned (connect findings to the original question) NOT “I” format
4.                  What This Means To Me (how has researching this question changed you)  “I” format
5.                  Works Cited Page (all references in alphabetical order using MLA)
6.                  Oral Presentation ( speech, skit, poster, video, or some other exhibition of knowledge to be presented to the class)  January 2013

For more information on your assignment go to the class handout section of this blog (left hand side).

Also, See your librarian, Mrs. Hatcher for further assistance with the VRC online databases and with citing your sources (Noodletools, etc.)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nationalist Movement~ Mr. Sterne

Nationalist Movement:The Unification of Germany and Italy

Historical Background:  Nationalist movements led to the creation of several new nations across Europe during the mid-1800s.
TASK:  See handout of questions you received from your teacher.  Attach the sheet to your responses.  COUNTS AS A TEST GRADE.  Due Date to be Announced

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mr. Oatis~ Greek Mythology

OMGods and Monsters!

Mythology Project

In the absence of science, both the Greeks and Romans used myths to explain the natural world. Everything from the weather to the prospects for the harvest— even death itself—was explained by a mythical tale.
These myths were widely known by most all Greeks, and were used by playwrights as a way for the audience to better understand the actions of the characters, by way of comparison to the myth.


Working with a partner, research one of these popular Greek myths and present your story to the class. The myth my be about a god or goddess, event, or place. The story should be compelling and its telling should take about 10 minutes.

Visual Aids:
You will be required to use a visual aid in the relation of your story. You may use any means available, such as oak tag. If you prefer technology, you can utilize computer graphics.

Citation Requirement:
A minimum of three MLA citations are required. Use the Ward Melville High School Information Center’s VRC databases to locate and research these myths, and generate accurate citations.

The project is due Wednesday, October 24.

May the gods be with you!!!!


Internet Public Library-Greek Mythology
Encyclopedia Mythica

Encyclopdia of Greek Mythology

Library ResourcesVirtual Reference Collection
Encyclopedia- World Book Online
Bloom's Literary Reference Online
ABC-CLIO World History/Ancient and
Medieval Eras

Gale Cengage Learning Databases
Student Resource Center
Literature Resource Center

Academic Integrity
NoodleTools Citation System
Citation Machine

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Internet Safety

Stop, Think, Connect ~ Internet Safety

Do you go on Social Networking sites like Facebook?
Do you IM with your friends? Text just about everything?

Stop- Think- Connect and keep these helpful tips in mind:

- Keep a Clean Machine - Keep security software current by having the latest security.

- Protect Your Personal Information by making passwords long and strong.
- Connect with care by deleting suspicious emails, etc.
- Be Web Wise by thinking before you act on communications that implore you to act immediately.
- Be a Good Online Citizen by posting only about others as you have them post about you.

                         For more tips and information on Internet/Cyber Safety

                                   visit: http://www.stopthinkconnect.org/

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sra.Gisela Muller-----Presentaciones

LAS MODAS DE LAS DÉCADAS EN LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS de los años/50's/60's/70's/80's/90's Rubrica Todo Estará hecho en ACCIONE EL PUNTO (Power Point)Usen libros, la Red y citación Buscan informes sobre:1. el estilo de vestirse 2. La música 3. Las modos de transporte (carros, etc.) 4. Tecnología 5. Estilos del cabello 6. Avances de médicina 7. Palabras de moda 8. Personas de moda 9. Personas importantes 10. Pasatiempos populares 11. Noticias importantes 12. ESCOJAN UN PAIS HISPANOHABLANTE Y COMPAREN Y CONTRASTEN LOS ELEMENTOS DEL 1-11  Recurso de la Biblioteca Sitio   

Due: October 16 , 2012
Base de Datos
Virtual Reference Collection
ABC-CLIO American History
World Book Online
Gale Cengage Learning Databases
Student Resources in Context

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"What College Kids Can Learn From The Zombie Apocalypse

Several colleges and universities have adopted a common read program, where freshmen read the same book during the summer and discuss it once on campus.

Author Max Brooks' World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is one of the less traditional books appearing on required reading lists. The book captures scenes from a global zombie apocalypse through a series of first-person accounts.

Want to find out more??  Listen to the author's discussion of his book on NPR. 

Link to story:


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Welcome Back!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Riggio Current Events Project

Current Events Project

The examination of current events is an important component of World History. It is beneficial to study the past in order to gain background information to help understand the present, but it is also important to look at modern issues and conflicts. During this project, you will take an in-depth look at a current issue that you find interesting or meaningful. After you select a topic, you will track that subject and look for newspaper or magazine articles to analyze.

Choose a topic of personal interest. It must be of national or international importance and broad enough that you will be able to find up-to-date information. Some suggestions include (But are NOT limited to)…

- International Conflict such as the Israeli-Arab struggle, the aftermath of the war in Iraq, or the civil war in the Congo
- Global Issues such as AIDS or terrorism
- Medical Issues such as cloning, new cancer treatments or Stem Cell Research
- Environmental Issues such as global warming & the Kyoto Protocol. (Severe Weather such as the Cyclone in Myanmar)
- Human Rights Abuses and Genocide
-Military Dictatorships

Introduction: Explain why you selected your topic and discuss background information (1 page typed, ds)
Research: Find at least 5 relevant articles that are connected to your topic. You may find the online newspaper sites very useful (Yahoo World News gives great international coverage of important events). All articles must be dated.  Depending upon your topic, you may be able to find two different articles about the same event, but written from different points of view. For example, CNN might offer a different interpretation of a suicide bombing in Iraq than would Al Jazeera. You may wish to include a political cartoon.
Summary: Title each Summary with the title of your article.  Then, write a summary of each article incorporating “who (POV), what, where, when, and why and a paragraph that outlines your thoughts. I am very interested in reading your personal opinions. You may choose to make connections to other similar events or issues (1-2 pages typed, ds per article).

Bibliography:  You must create a bibliography with all proper citations for your articles.  Your Bibliography should be alphabetically ordered.  I do NOT want the articles!!
Conclusion: After you have completed your five articles, write your conclusion. This should include your final thoughts and reflections. Discuss whether or not you increased your knowledge on this topic or changed your original perceptions. You may wish to offer recommendations or suggestions if appropriate (1 page typed, ds)

 Mrs. Hatcher recommends the following resources located in the VRC:
  • Facts.com Issues & Controversies
  • Facts.com World News Digest (See Special Collection for Political Cartoons)
  • SIRS Researcher (includes World Conflicts)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mr. McAuliffe & Cowan ~ AP Literature & Composition

Research Paper    A.P. Literature & Composition

Assignment.  Find a topic that derives from something we have studied this year. Choose a major work or an author we have read, a novelist, playwright, or short story writer.  Or choose a poem or poet we have studied.  Consider literary theories, such as New Criticism, Reader Response, New Historicism, etc. The topic should be suitable for a 5-7 page research paper using a minimum of three legitimate outside sources.  Your paper must follow MLA guidelines for manuscript format and citation conventions. 
Getting Started.  Begin with a *school-sponsored site (e.g. Bloom or Gale Group) or begin with a book.   *Your school Librarian, Mrs. Hatcher, will provide an overview of the information resources available as well as instruction on a preliminary works cited page using Noodletools. 

The subject should be one that you are interested in.  It may be one that you have already thought about (e.g., female characters in Hamlet), or it may be a question you have not yet considered (e.g., How much did Dylan Thomas and Elizabeth Bishop use “closed form” in their poetry?)

Read pages 2179-2184 in your textbook.  This will give you an overview of what this kind of paper entails.  It also addresses important issues like internet reliability and plagiarism.

See Class Handout Section of this blog for sample topics and additional information on this assignment. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mr. Sussin's APES: Pesticide Periodical

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a pesticide as “any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest.”

A pesticide may be a chemical substance or biological agent (such as a virus or bacteria) used against pests including insects, plant pathogens, weeds, mollusks, birds, mammals, fish, nematodes, and microbes.  These organisms may compete with humans for food, invade lawns and gardens, destroy wood in houses, spread disease, or just be a general nuisance in our everyday lives.  Pesticides are usually, but not always, poisonous to humans.

There are 5 major types of pesticides you will encounter: insecticides (insect killers), herbidicides (weed killers), fungicides (fungus killers), nematocides (roundworm killers), and rodenticides (rat and mouse killers).  Be aware that although the 5 are listed here, there are many (e.g. algicides, miticides).

After being assigned one pesticide, you (and up to 3 partners if you would like) will be creating a newspaper.  Review your class handout which is located in the class handout section of this blog for information that needs to be included about your pesticide in your newspaper.   

Your school librarian, Mrs. Hatcher, recommends the following information resources that will be helpful.

Online Databases (VRC):
  • Gale's Health Reference Center Academic
  • eLibrary Science
  • EBSCO General Science Collection
  • Facts.com Today's Science
Print Collection: 
  • ebook and print resources available by searching WMHS library catalog

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

VRC Database of the Month

TeachingBooks.net has added a "Best Practices" webpage to its website. It is designed to help you become familiar with the site.

Some key features of Best Practices:
  • Show you how to find quality, vetted, multimedia materials about the authors and books you are reading.
  • Show how you can encourage reading across all disciplines with these starter strategies for teachers in all grades and subject areas.
  • Find out how to use TeachingBooks.net to support specific educational initiatives, including:
    • Authors on Nonfiction Writing
    • Engaging High/Low Readers with Online Resources
    • Literary Connections Using an Interactive Whiteboard
    • Writing Tips from Award-winning Authors
    • See all Key Articles for Teachers About Using TeachingBooks.net
See your school librarian, A. Hatcher for more information on TeachingBooks or any other online database.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Mrs. Gandt ~ English 11 R ~ College Comparison Research Project

College Comparison


  1. Find two or three colleges that interest you.  Look through Naviance and periodicals, either electronic or print form.  Make a copy.
  2. Scan the articles/information for needed info
  3. Areas to be discussed:
§  Areas of study/ Programs/ Academic Focus
§  Location/Transportation/Geographic Location
§  Campus Setting/ Campus Safety/ Campus Size
§  Public vs. Private/ Religious vs. Nondenominational
§  Cost
§  Class Size/ Student Body Size
§  Reputation/
§  Extracurricular Activities
§  Structured vs. Free Environment
§  Retention Rates/ Graduation Rates
  1. Find two more companion articles that include related information, especially that which is concerned with your colleges.
  2. Use the NoodleTools to organize your Works Cited Page and the Note Card feature so info cannot be lost.  Ms. Hatcher will review.
 SEE CLASS HANDOUTS (left side of blog) FOR STEPS 1 THOUGH 4 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mrs. Domino ~ Childcare/ECE ~ My Plate Lesson

Please log on to Choosemyplate.gov

1.     Scroll pictures across to find BLAST OFF GAME- play until the rocket blasts off.
2.     Go to Supertracker then click to food tracker.  Using what you ate yesterday fill in the food tracker and compare to nutrition targets. Use FOOD-A-PEDIA to see how many calories are in your favorite dishes/snacks.

3.     Go to Physcial Activity Tracker to see how you activity is impacting your health-what small adjustments can you implement to make it better???
4.     GO BACK TO MAIN SCREEN. Click on Educators/Teachers. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to Lessons 1, 2, 3.

5.     FIND A LESSON you like and print it out. Write you name on top and hand in before you leave the library.  Must be different from others in your group.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sra. Gisela Muller-----Foreign Languages Department-----Los Pintores

                                  The Diego Rivera Mural at San Francisco Art Institute
            "The Making of a Fesco Showing the Building of a City ("Making a Fresco" ) (1931) is one of four murals in the Bay Area painted by Mexican Deigo Rivera (1886-1957)"



Sra. Muller/Spanish 4 Project Title: Los Pintores

Due: April 16, 2012

You are working in pairs.

You will have four days in the Library (March 27, 28, 29 and 30)

Directions: Using art books in the library, online databases and quality websites you will...

1. Select 4 paintings from any Spanish or Mexcican Painter.

2. Discuss the style of the 4 works of art and explain the theme of the paintings. Write each summary in Spanish.

3. Choose 1 of the 4 paintings and write a paragraph in Spanish why you like the work (a paragraph consists of at least 6 sentences).

4. The project will be presented to the class orally on April 16.

5. Provide a biograpahy about the painters.

6. You will receive an oral and written grade.

Presentations to be placed on powerpoint and presented orally.

Library Resources

Online Databases

Virtual Reference Collection (See these 4 databases)
  • Art Museum Image Gallery
  • Literature Resource Center 
  • Biography Reference Bank Select Edition
  • World Book Online

Helpful search hints = Keywords (Spanish Painters, Mexican Painters)

Gale Student Resources in Context (located on Library web page)

(search for books in our collection)

Academic Integrity
(cite your sources)
Please consult your VRC handout for home access passwords

Print Resources
REF 709.2 CON Tom Pendergast (ed), Contemporary Artists
REF 703 ENC Bernard S. Meyers (ed.), Encyclopedia of World Art
REF 973 ENC Ilan Stavans, Encyclopedia Latina
921 GOY Evan S. Connell, Francisco Goya
759 VEN Piero Ventura, Great Painters
REF 703 INT James Vinson (ed.), International Dictionary of Art and Artists
759.6 SCH Richard Schikel, The World of Goya, 1746-1828
a book cart is available for student use

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mrs. Gandt English 11 H ~ Research Paper

Here is your opportunity to become a minor authority on one aspect of an American author of your choice.  You will also learn formal research paper techniques that you will use for this assignment and for assignments in your senior year and in college.  Save all “how-to” handouts for future use.  The assignment will receive 3 MAJOR GRADES:  1) content, 2) form and 3) preliminary steps.  Therefore, in addition to the finished product, it is very important to do all preliminary steps on time and according to instructions.   

You should seriously consider if your ‘Independent Reading’ author fits the following categories or select an American author who you enjoy reading but who is NOT from the usual list of white, male authors.  Let’s explore the diversity of America and its literature.  Your author can be:

            a)  either male or female
 b) a novelist, short story writer, poet, dramatist, or writer of non-fiction;
            c) late 20th century.

Get an OVERVIEW of your author and his/her literature by using the reference works on listed on the assignment on the blogspot (www.wardmelvillehighschoollibrary.blogspot.com).  Virtual  Reference Collection → Literature/Language→ Literature Resource Center or Bloom’s Literary reference

Go to left side bar (class handouts) for the full assignment sheet.  See Mrs. Hatcher if you any questions regarding the recommended resources for this assignment.