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Denise Moore

Welcome EHS Students, Friends, and Family!

I teach Reading 2, Comp. Lit. 1AB, and Comp. Lit. 3AB and I am available every afternoon at 1:35 p.m. for help with assignments.  No appointment is necessary.  Just come by!

Parents - Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  My email is dmmoore@nmusd.us

Late Work Policy

Late work will only be accepted within the quarterly grading period in which it was assigned.

READING

"There's nothing better for you - not broccoli, not an apple a day, not aerobic exercise.  In terms of the whole rest of your life, in terms of making you smart in all ways, there's nothing better.  Top-ranking scientists and mathematicians are people who read a lot.  Top-ranking historians and researchers are people who read a lot.   It's like money in the bank in terms of the rest of your life, but it also helps you escape from the rest of your life and live experiences you can only dream of.  Most important, along with writing, it's the best way I know to find out who you are, what you care about, and what kind of person you want to become."

Nancie Atwell 1998

 

"Of course I should put burdens on readers.  I should give them challenges because readers - and all people - already have this burden.  All human beings have this burden in life to constantly figure out what's true, what's authentic, what's meaningful, what's dross, what's a hallucination, what's a figment, what's madness.  I think we all need to figure out what is true, what is valuable, constantly.  As a writer, all I'm doing is posing the question in a way that people can see very clearly.  I'm being very helpful.  I'm saying, 'This is one of your challenges as a human being,' and you work it out in this book and then you work it out in life, too."

Maxine Hong Kingston

 

"Write in a voice as if you were sitting at your kitchen table and talking in your pajamas.  Write about what makes you different . . . you give things power by keeping them silent."

Sandra Cisneros

Books Recommended by EHS Students

Coming of Age/Peer Pressure/Relationships

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak. Death narrates this story of a young girl who finds solace in books during the Holocaust.

Cut, Patricia McCormick. Callie, a fifteen-year-old, is a "cutter" who seeks help for her self-destruction.

I Am the Messenger, Markus Zusak. A botched bank robbery changes a nineteen-year-old's life.

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, Gabrielle Zevin. A teenager loses her memory after a bad fall.

My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult. Examines the difficult choices a family must make when one of the children is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

Snitch, Allison van Diepen. A teen tries to navigate between rival gangs.

Someone Like You, Sarah Dessen. Two best friends lean on each other when calamity occurs.

The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. A librarian involuntarily time travels though time and his wife's life takes a natural sequential course.

Fantasy/Science Fiction/Vampire

Elsewhere, Gabrielle Zevin. Liz is getting younger, not older, every day.

The Host, Stephenie Meyer. The human race is infiltrated by a species of parasites.

House of Scorpian, Nancy Farmer. In the future, a scientist brings a number of clones to life.

Remember Me, Christopher Pike. Shari is dead, and she is determined to find out who killed her.

Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan. The world has been broken by a phenomenal power in this series that is reminiscent of J.R.R. Tolkein.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks. The world is threatened by a zombie invasion.   

Memoir and Nonfiction

Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA, Luis Rodriguez. Memoirs of an East LA gang member.

Burro Genius: A Memoir, Victor Villasenor. Villaseñor wittingly describes life as a Mexican American child confronted with constant discrimination in his local school system and the struggles he was able to endure with the support of his family.

Come Back: A Mother and Daughter Journey to Hell and Back, Claire and Mia Fontaine. A riveting account of a mother's fight to rescue her daughter from drugs.

East Side Dreams, Art Rodriguez. An account of an unpleasant childhood full of difficult obstacles, experiences in prison, and greater triumph.

Getting Away with Murder, Chris Crowe. The story of Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old African American boy murdered for "inappropriately" talking to a white woman.

Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen. A sixteen-year-old is hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital.

The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls (also, Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs). Both are accounts of growing up in an eccentric, dysfunctional family.

A Long Way Home: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah. A twelve-year-old's account of of surviving civil war in Sierra Leone.

Monster: The Autobiography of an LA Gang Member, Sanyika Shakur. The personal account of an LA gangbanger.

Poetry

Burned, Ellen Hopkins. Growing up in an abusive household, told in verse.

Crank, Ellen Hopkins. A teenager's struggle with crystal meth, told in poetic form.

Glass, Ellen Hopkins. This picks up Crank a year later.

Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorp, Bill Aquado. Poems written by disadvantaged youth.

A Rose That Grew from Concrete, Tupac Shakur. The poetry of the late rapper.

Tears for Water, Alicia Keys. Poems that recall the singer's childhood.

Sports

Ball Don't Lie, Matt De La Pena. Sticky, 17, is determined to make it out of the neighborhood through basketball.

Black and White, Paul Volponi. Two boys, "Black" and "White," try to make it to big-time basketball.

Crackback, John Coy. The trials and tribulations of teenage life, woven through the lens of a high school football team.

Knights of the Hill Country, Tim Tharp. Readers who likes Friday Night Lights will like this football drama.

Three Days in August, Buzz Bissinger. An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at a three game series between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mystery

Fake ID, Walter Sorrells. Chase, 16, only has six days to figure out why his mother disappeared.

Falling, Christopher Pike. FBI Agent Kelly Feinman is on the trail of the "Acid Killer."

The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold. Susie Salmon recalls her murder from heaven.

The Perfect Shot, Elaine Marie Alphin. A triple homicide is not what it seems.

 

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