Media Matters

News from the Dutch Fork High School Media Center

Happy New Year and Reminders!

  • Please make sure to give your students overdue notices. If a student is no longer in your class, please let us know.
  • Going paperless? We have a multi-feed scanner available.
  • If you'd like a visual presenter, we have several available for checkout.

Resolve to increase rigor with a research project!

A research project is the perfect way to incorporate Webb's DOK Level 4 (Extended Reasoning) into your curriculum. Analyzing and synthesizing information from multiple sources is a key feature of this type of assignment. You can ensure your students are achieving this by:

  • Asking students to consider a recent controversial topic, then conduct research on the topic. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, hosted on, has a comprehensive and categorized list.
  • Requiring 3 more more sources in both digital and print formats.
  • Asking students to think critically about what they're finding- who is the author? why are they qualified to write about this topic?
  • Asking students to consider what they THINK they'll find before they start looking.
  • Requiring students to evaluate and reflect on the sources found.
  • Giving students plenty of time to conduct and absorb the research.

Final products can be anywhere from a paper to a mini-documentary.

Teens' Top 10: Young Adult Library Services Assocation

Resolve to read more Young Adult literature in 2015! Start with this list of Top 10 young adult books selected by students across the country:

  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
  6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
  7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Check Destiny to see if these are currently available in our library.

Thanks to our Teen Read Week participants!

Thanks to everyone who participated in Teen Read Week in the fall. Check out pictures below.

Please welcome Travis Nelson!

Hey there!
My name is Travis Nelson. I am a Graduate student at the University of South Carolina and I will be serving as an intern in the DF Media Center from now until the end of March. I'm here to learn and I'm here to serve so feel free to ask me to help out with any and all of your information needs.

Here are just a few of the things I can help with...

  • Collaborative lessons
  • Information literacy and research skills
  • Resource lists
  • Booktalks
  • Reader Advisory

Just swing by the media center or contact my on-site supervisor Jennifer Collins if there is anything I can help out with.

Thanks to our orientation participants!

Thanks to Matt Brown, Jerry Clem, Karl Geliske, Ali Hendrick, Kelly Payne, and Demetra Vastis for bringing in their 9th grade classes for media center orientation.

Thanks for attending the Lit Mag Book Fair!

The Barnes & Noble bookfair was here December 4, 2014. Lit Mag raised $130 toward printing costs. Thanks to all attendees!

(Carina L. and Zoey J. are featured in photo to the left)

DFHS community book club

The next book club (for DFHS students, staff, and parents) will be:

Thursday, February 12th

DFHS media center

3:45 p.m.

The book will be Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride.

Summary from Amazon:

Sam may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.


Thanks to Mrs. Korkzan's classes for the Dia de los Muertos displays! They prompted plenty of discussion about memorials from various cultures.


Thanks to: Evelyn Newman, Arlitta Eargle (photos), Half Price Books, Travis Nelson, Blakely Sheely, Zoey Johnson (photo), Susan Aplin (photo), American Library Association, Amazon, and goodreads.