AnHS Library News and Resources

October 2019

Collaboration Snapshot

1. SPED students were introduced to the Read & Write App for help with text-to-speech, web searches, speech-to-text, and dictionary tools.

2. SPED students now have access to Bookshare - e-books with text-to-speech, large print, and other learning aids.

3. English 11 students learned to develop keywords and practiced advanced search strategies for their argumentative essays.

4. PLTW PBS and BI students learned research strategies utilizing our science specific databases. PBS students learned the basics, and BI students learned some advanced search skills along with a quick refresher on navigating databases.

New Addition to Library Website!

Check out the new Student Apps and E-text Resources page on the Library website. Students can find information on how to log-in and/or use District Approved apps and our first e-text. If you would like me to include instructions and/or a video tutorial on an app that you have students use often, shoot me an email, and I will add it to the page.

Do your students need help with their research?

Direct them to a couple of new student resources on the Library website under Quick Database and E-book Access for a refresher on how to search the databases and use advanced search strategies:

1. Video tutorials on searching

2. Search tips

Share these Contest Opportunities with your Students!


Encourage students to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by naming and explaining why a Hispanic or Latino, past or present, inspires them to dream big. The essay (500 words or less) deadline is October 31, 2019! Students can win a $1500 scholarship or an iPad. Click here for details.


The NYT invites students to channel their thoughts about issues like the 2020 presidential race, climate change, student loans, racism, vaping or gun control — all topics the 2018 winners took on — or about any other subject The Times covers, into images. Click here for more details. The deadline is November 12, 2019!

Additional Contest Opportunities!

Check out additional opportunities for students with upcoming deadlines in the August and September Parent Newsletters.

Resources and Tech for your Classroom!

Google Drive Tips

1. Quick Creation Links

If you want to quickly create a new doc, spreadsheet, presentation, or drawing, add the following links to your browser's bookmark bar:—new Google document—new Google Sheet—new Google Slide—new Google site—new Google form

2. Turn All Images/PDFs into Text

If you want every item you upload on the desktop—even PDFs—to convert to text you can edit as a Google Doc, go to Google Drive (not Docs) on the desktop, click the cog icon up top and select Settings. In the pop-up box, check the box next to Convert Uploads. File uploads may take a little longer, but it's worth it. You'll end up with a Google Doc that has the image inserted, with editable text below.

3. Insert Links With Search

It's easy to insert a link in a Google Doc. Select the text, click the chain icon or hit Ctrl-K, and a menu pops up where you can paste the URL. But if you don't already have a URL for the link, Google will find one for you, since Google search is integrated. It will search first on the term you've highlighted. If that doesn't work, type in a different query—it won't change the text of the document. Once you find a link you like, click it to insert instantly.

4. Research Pane Finds More

When you've got a head of steam on a project and limited screen real estate, the last thing you want to do is leave the page to do a search. The research pane (accessible in Docs only) gets around that. Click Tools > Explore (or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+I) to access it. It makes it easy to insert a footnote citation in your document that links to the results. Use Ctrl+Shift+Y when your cursor is on a certain word and the pane shows the definition. You can even use the Explore pane to insert images it finds.

PC Magazine

Screen Cast-O-Matic

Try out this great recording tool from Screencast-O-Matic. You get 15 minutes of free recording time, which is 5 mins longer than with Screencastify. Super easy to use!

Curriculum Corner

Want tips for teaching news literacy in the classroom?

Subscribe to The SIFT from the News Literacy Project. They sort through recent rumors, hoaxes and other misinformation to bring you the best teachable moments in news literacy.

Have your students test their News Smarts with these activities.

New Resources from News in Education (NIE)

Utilize weekly lesson prompts to get your students digging into the eEdition of the news. AnHS log in credentials are:

Class ID: lewis

Password: 2843

Monday – Reading
The reading prompts will direct your students to find an article in the eEdition. Have your students read the article in full. Then, you can use the questions to have a class or group discussion.

Tuesday – Writing
Use these prompts to help your students exercise their writing muscles by submitting a paragraph or short essay.

Wednesday – Math
Your students will use the eEdition to learn about mathematical, financial, and economic topics.

Thursday - Science
The science prompts will direct your students to find articles, information, or images in the eEdition related to science.

Friday – Civics/Social
Your students will learn about local or national social issues using the eEdition.

Check out the New Constitution Annotated

The Constitution Annotated provides a comprehensive overview of how the Constitution has been interpreted over time.The online Constitution Annotated includes discussions of the Supreme Court’s latest opinions in plain English.

Great Newspaper Bias Resources from Common Sense Education

Help students get beyond the buzzword with these teaching resources.
The 5 Core Values of Journalism

Help Students Think Critically About "October Surprises" and Their Impact on Elections

Teach students how to recognize and analyze this curious election season phenomenon. Access the resources here.

Why every election gets its own crisis

Check out the Media Literacy Resources from KQED

You’ll find professional development courses, classroom resources, and unique tools that allow students to practice critical thinking, media making and civil discourse.

KQED Education - main link

Example Activity

Above the Noise, a YouTube series for teens, cuts through the hype and dives deep into the research behind the issues affecting their daily lives. Every other Wednesday, the series investigates controversial subject matter to help young viewers draw informed conclusions, while inspiring media literacy and civic engagement.

Carbon Tax: The Best Way to Slow Climate Change?
Youth Voter Turnout: Why Is It So Low?
Deepfakes: Can You Spot a Phony Video? | Above the Noise

Cameron's Collection: Mental Health E-Books from Gale

Recommend these wonderful resources to students who need access to support information or utilize for students doing research on mental health topics. Students can download and access these resources from home and as many times as they need to. They can also share them with friends!


Do your students need a vetted source for a school project or paper? They can access, on campus or from home, a variety of quality and credible sources right on the AnHS Library Webpage. All logins are now available on one document.

Want to Access The Sacramento Bee in the Classroom?

Find current articles in English or Spanish by visiting the Sacramento Bee News in Education website. Log in as a student using the AnHS Class ID lewis and password 2843 found on our Library website under electronic resources. Once you log in as a student select "Read Today's Paper" to choose The Sacramento Bee or El Nuevo Herald. You can also access many other student resources on their website for use in your classroom.

10 Best Debut Novels of the Decade

Check out these recommendations from The Literary Hub.

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Complete the Book Recommendation Form, and I will include it in the next newsletter!