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Which Reading Format is the Best?

There is a common controversy about whether or not electronic books are better than physical books, and even audiobooks can come into the topic. Along with this are frequent misconceptions, assumptions, or things that are flat out false. As the world grows, technology will too, which is why electronic books have become increasingly more popular. People don’t have the time to sit down, read a good book, and continue their schedule like they used to. Often times, people who read electronic books can find small bits to read here and there without stressing about having to return an overdue book or where to get the book at all, whereas physical copy readers have to go out to buy the books or worry about online purchases. Audiobook readers, or listeners rather, only have the stress of needing to know page numbers or go back to listen to a line again.

The benefits are nearly equal to the disadvantages for all three categories. If you like reading late at night, e-books are your go to. If you prefer listening because it’s less of an eyestrain, audiobooks should do the trick! Then, naturally if you enjoy the authentic feeling the most, you would read physical copies. Ultimately, it is just based on your choice and preference. There are some things that are better than others, but it’s all subjective. For every positive attribute of one of these options, there are still one or two more that could be seen as negative. If you want to become more technologically advanced, electronic books are definitely a good place to start. Though, more often than not, that’s already happening! Cheaper, and more mobile, reading books online is an absolute plus!

Another thing is that people who read manga won’t have to do it by purchasing the entire set. Reading their favorite genres and books is so much easier to do online, and usually for free too! Websites regularly update specific manga so if you follow along with it frequently, you can read the update instead of purchasing an entire volume, then having to wait even longer for the next one.

Again, the only person that knows what is the best option for you is you! You can always try and explore different options, but what makes someone comfortable with reading is what they choose. Plus, if you haven’t done any of these options, starting with one is better than remaining with none! Just because you prefer reading electronically or listening to the book’s audio doesn’t make you any less of a reader than someone who prefers print copies. We’re all readers, no matter how we do it.


Leonhardt, David. “18 Pros and Cons of EBooks.” THGM Writing Services, 9 Sept. 2017, thgmwriters.com/blog/18-pros-cons-ebooks/.

“Audiobooks vs EBooks vs Physical Books: Pros and Cons of Each.” Publishing Pulse, 6 Mar. 2018, www.publishingpulse.com/audiobooks-vs-ebooks-vs-physical-books-pros-cons/.

“Books vs E-Books: Pros and Cons.” Pick My Reader, 10 Feb. 2018, pickmyreader.com/books-vs-ebooks-pros-cons/.

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Graphic Novels: Real Books or Not?

Are graphic novels real books? Do they belong in a classroom curriculum? First let’s investigate the question, what is a graphic novel? Despite common misconceptions, a graphic novels is “in fact an art form that can deal with mature subjects” (James Carter).  A graphic novel is a visual way to depict a scover_imagetory. This concept could have many implications to the classroom curriculum in today’s society. One common problem that graphic novels can improve is giving a visual to the readers. Many students have the “Inability to visualize. Based on brain research, about eight percent of students cannot visualize during reading…Instead of fighting to create mental pictures, the child can focus on constructing meaning and comprehending the plot of the story.” (Allyson Lyga).  Graphic novels can also help the many reluctant readers discover the motivation to read. It is said that “The blending ofart and text and the excitement and sophistication of the stories motivate students to read and engage their attention…those students become transformed by the experience and they feel successful with the act of reading” (Allyson Lyga). To further convince you of the good implications, many novels in the school curriculum have already been made into graphic novels. The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, was remade in a graphic novel format and is said to be “…‘utterly true’ to the original. This wonderful reinvention will bring the novel to life in an exciting new way, to be revisited by those who already love it and also making it more accessible to new and perhaps more reluctant readers too” (Fred Fordham). Graphic novels have proved themselves to be real books and they are making it very easy to be incorporated into the classroom curriculum. Multiple trademark novels in the curriculum have been made into graphic novels making them easier to read and more understandable for students. In today’s society, graphic novels have a very important role in the progression of the classroom and the students involved.





Lyga, Allyson. “Bringing Graphic Novels into the Classroom.” ForeWord, Jan.-Feb. 2007. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A163247665/GPS?u=mlin_c_atholhs&sid=GPS&xid=08617761. Accessed 2 Nov. 2018.

Carter, James Bucky. “Going graphic: understanding what graphic novels are – and aren’t – can help teachers make the best use of this literary form.” Educational Leadership, Mar. 2009, pp. 68-72. General OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A197743999/GPS?u=mlin_c_atholhs&sid=GPS&xid=44d09e6f. Accessed 31 Oct. 2018.

“Harper Lee (adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham): To Kill a Mockingbird–Graphic Novel.” The Bookseller, 15 June 2018, p. 26. Business Collection, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A543465969/GPS?u=mlin_c_atholhs&sid=GPS&xid=25088eb4. Accessed 5 Nov. 2018

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The media center is holding a monthly writing contest for students at Athol High School. Each month we provide four writing prompts, or the students can choose aYour created Keep Calm poster school appropriate topic of their own.  All types of writing is accepted, such as school assignments, song lyrics, poetry and short stories.

Students – check your school email, the cafeteria bulletin board or Ms. E for more information.

Look for November’s winners here November 30!


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WHO? Bibliotherapy is easy. Anyone of any age from infants to the elderly can reap the benefits of reading no matter if they live with family or a home care like Nueva Care.

WHAT? Bibliotherapy is different books prescribed by psychiatrists to help you cope and aid with mental disorders or just trying to solve one’s problems. People that have anxiety, PTSD, and depression can especially benefit with this type of therapy. Furthermore, for the people who have the ability of clearly feeling emotions that manifest in the world as they interact with people, places, and animals, then it’s a Clairsentience. To fully know the signs that you’re an empath, look for psychics4today.com

WHEN?  Bibliotherapy has existed since approximately 1272. In 1272, the bible was prescribed in Cairo for outpatient treatment. In the 1970s bibliotherapy was institutionalized in mental institution. Since then, many people have been helped managing their illness with the use of a wide genre variety of books.

WHY? Using bibliotherapy can help treat many thing including stress, anxiety, and self esteem. People can also learn to solve their own problems and coping with stress. Relating to fictional characters can be a great way to develop character and learning problem solving skills. Adopting certain practices commonly read about like learning tea leaf reading symbols and other highly spiritual activities have also proven to be a very good stress reliever. Not only can it relieve stress, but it can help people fall asleep, improves concentration and some scientific studies have shown that it can prevent Alzheimer’s.


-Dajevskis, Erika. “Therapy By the Book”. School Library Journal. Print. Oct 2016. 29 March 2017

-Shrodes, Caroline. “Reading and the Emotions”. JSTOR. Oct 1955. Web. 29 March 2017

-“ Why is Reading Good for The Brain”. MSN. 29 Feb 2016. Web. 29 March 2017.

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Work Smarter Not Harder

Did you know there’s a smarter and easier way to use Google Docs?
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Keyboard shortcuts
Ctrl + B= Bold

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Ctrl + Z= Undo
Ctrl + Y=Redo
Ctrl + C = Copy

Ctrl + X= Cut

Ctrl + S= Save

Ctrl + P = Print
Ctrl + A= Select All
Ctrl + Shift + L = Bulleted List
Ctrl + Shift + 7= Numbered List
Ctrl + Shift + 8= Starred list
Shift + T= New Document

Research tool allows you to search the web and your document without ever leaving the tab. How to set up research tool: Open a document in Google Docs, at the bottom right, click Explore, type a search in the search bar to search your docs and the web, since looking up things in the web is really important, and that’s why having your site easy to find, and companies like The Indexer help a lot with this for your website.

How to create a hanging indent: First: Select the text you want indented. You can select a single paragraph or multiple paragraphs at a time. Next: On the ruler, drag the ▼Left Indent (light blue inverted triangle ▼) to the right as far as you want the text to be indented.

How to double space: Highlight the text you would like to be double spaced (or use Ctrl + A to select the entire document) go to format, select line spacing, and then select double.

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