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Book Club: English teacher Hannah Gould shares her liking for Russian literature

Book Club: English teacher Hannah Gould shares her liking for Russian literature

Daniel Lin

April 22, 2016


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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]mong the vast selection of book genres — from historical fiction to technical reports — English Literature teacher Hannah Gould has a favorite: Russian literature. After taking two Russian literature classes in college, she developed a fondness of Russian writing and its autho...

Book Club: Teacher Ashley Stolhand’s first book

Book Club: Teacher Ashley Stolhand’s first book

Ada Chen

March 25, 2016


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History and Spanish teacher Ashley Stolhand still remembers the pride and accomplishment she felt after finishing the novel “Black Beauty” as a young kindergartner. When she was first learning how to read, her grandfather had spent hours guiding her through Anna Sewell’s novel about the journ...

Book club: Chemistry teacher Mike McCrystal explores the apocalypse through literature

Book club: Chemistry teacher Mike McCrystal explores the apocalypse through literature

Bill Cheng

March 14, 2016


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[dropcap]C[/dropcap]hemistry teacher Mike McCrystal knows a little more about the end of the world than most . He grew up in the United States at the height of the Cold War, the international conflict between the NATO nations and the Soviet Union and its allies. From around 1947 to 1991, global t...

Book Club: Physical Education teacher Julie Sullivan talks about her favorite novels

Book Club: Physical Education teacher Julie Sullivan talks about her favorite novels

Nanda Nayak

February 4, 2016


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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith a busy lifestyle, it’s hard to find time to settle down and enjoy a good book. Yet physical education teacher Julie Sullivan always attempts to make time to read, though she is constantly working out or playing sports. “I don’t have as much time to read books now that I’m work...

Book club: food services manager Debbie Herrera uses books to teach life lessons

Book club: food services manager Debbie Herrera uses books to teach life lessons

Sebastian Zhang

January 15, 2016


Filed under Book Club, Books, ENTERTAINMENT

When food services manager Debbie Herrera lived in Merced, there was little to do, so her daughter spent much of her time reading books. As a result, Herrera found that books were powerful in teaching her daughter life lessons and frequently found books for her while also reading them herself. ...

Book Club: Literature teacher Sara Borelli recommends books with insightful characterization

Book Club: Literature teacher Sara Borelli recommends books with insightful characterization

Sneha Gaur

December 19, 2015


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What better way is there to ease into vacation than with a captivating, thought-provoking book? Literature teacher Sara Borelli loves authors such as Toni Morrison, Isabel Allende and Willa Cather for their common use of poetic language and strong characterization. When asked to pick a favorite novel ...

Book club: Biology teacher Supriya Moore offers book recommendations for students

Book club: Biology teacher Supriya Moore offers book recommendations for students

Shriya Deshpande

November 27, 2015


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The following books, both featured on the New York Times’ bestsellers list, show the variety of perspectives that authors can provide on almost any topic. With Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” and Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See,” biology teach...

Book club: History teacher Margaret Platt offers her take on favorite novels

Book club: History teacher Margaret Platt offers her take on favorite novels

Neha Patchipala

September 24, 2015


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The 180 days that make up our school year may seem like an eternity to MVHS students, but for some teachers, more days are what they need to cover certain aspects of the subject that they teach. History teacher Margaret Platt shares some of the novels that she wishes she had time to cover in class. Learn...

Book Club: Contemporary Literature teacher recommends prized novels

Book Club: Contemporary Literature teacher recommends prized novels

Hannan Waliullah

September 10, 2015


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With all the chemistry worksheets, literature essays and AP US History DBQ’s, it’s hard to find the time to sit down in your favorite corner, cuddle up in your treasured fuzzy-pink blanket and stick your nose in a book you know will be hard to put down. And when we finally do have the time, we’re...

Book club: Mythology teacher shares favorite novels

Book club: Mythology teacher shares favorite novels

Alina Abidi

September 3, 2015


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The novels that we’re taught in school shine as examples of classic literature: “To Kill A Mockingbird”, “The Great Gatsby” and “Of Mice and Men”, to name a few. While our teachers are certainly fans of these books, not all of their favorites make the cut into the curriculum. We explore...