News Literacy Week 1/25 – 1/29

Sponsored by the News Literacy Project, this event is designed to build awareness about misinformation and build critical thinking skills around what we experience online. We’ve been sharing tools all week. Here’s a summary in case you missed something or want to revisit. We are highlighting some of The News Literacy Project’s valuable resources here. But, be sure you investigate all their resources available to everyone, not just students here

Start here with a quick introduction

Evaluate Your News Literacy Skills

Challenge others to a News Literacy Duel. Compare scores and see who wins. Then, look to the tools below to improve your scores and build your News Literacy Toolkit.

Build Your News Literacy Toolkit

  • Add a fact checker to your media feed. Here are a few we use often. Many of these are available across multiple platforms Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, etc. Look for them where you spend the most time online.
  • MediaWise Follow them on Instagram here @mediawise
  • Snopes Make sure to look at their TikTok tab. Follow them on Instagram here @snopesdotcom
  • Politifact Follow them on Instagram @politifact on Instagram
  • Balance your consumption of media and challenge some of your biases in a good way. We like these that look at news from multiple angles:
  • AllSides News provides balanced news, diverse perspectives, and real conversation.
  • FlipSide Archive archived topics for The FlipSide daily email that provides thoughtful points from the left, right, and in-between across 30+ news sources.
  • ProCon Sponsored by Britannica this provides balanced reporting on an indexed set of topics

January Book Subscriptions Available Now

January Book Club Subscription boxes are available now. We have room for a few more people to read with us this month. We are reading A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. Pippa chooses to examine a local murder / suicide hoping to find her friend innocent. She discovers a trail of secrets, hidden cruelties, and more violence than she expected. We have some surprises waiting for you while you read. Discussion is scheduled for February 10th at 4:00. We will meet via GoogleMeet. Books will be available in the Media Center beginning Jan. 1. The Book Club subscription “box” includes a copy of the book to read (to be returned to the library later) and some bookish goodies to keep. Now is a great time to try something new. Email Mrs. Cucchetti at for more information and to sign up.

Book Club – December Book Box

Book Club is reading Girl, Serpent, Thorn during the month of December. Discussion is scheduled for December 17th at 4:00. We will meet via GoogleMeet. Books will be available in the Media Center beginning Dec. 1. Trying something new this month, we are experimenting with a subscription box. Anyone who signs up by December 1, will get a Book Box subscription which includes a copy of the book to read (to be returned to the library later) and some bookish goodies to keep. Now is a great time to try something new. Email Mrs. Cucchetti at for more information and to sign up.

Book Club Keeps Reading

damselNo longer limited by testing in the Media Center space, Book Club has chosen to keep reading in May.

We are reading Damsel: a new spin on the fairy tale princess theme. “… there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.” – from Goodreads

Oak Hills students can read with us. Digital copies are available New to the OHHS Digital collection? Here’s a quick start guide.

Our next meeting is scheduled for May 21 at 10:30 a.m.  Contact Mrs. Cucchetti for more info.

Book Club Is Still Meeting in April!

Book Club continues remotely. Never had the opportunity to read with us, but now you have some time? Looking for a great read to distract you or provide a little escape? We are here for you. The April book selection is a brand new book from Adam Silvera, Infinity Son

“Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.” – Goodreads

We will meet again virtually on April 23 at 10:30 a.m. OHHS students can email Mrs. Cucchetti for access information for the meeting.

You can access a digital copy now using the OHHS digital collection. If you’ve never used it before, here’s a quick start guide. If you are already using the Hoopla app with your Cincinnati Public Library account, you can access it there. Still need help or a copy of the book? Email Mrs. Cucchetti.


Book Mentors Continue a Tradition of Enthusiasm for Reading.

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High school Content Literacy students hosted 5th graders from Dulles Elementary today to talk about books and the culture of reading. 10th grade students have been preparing for our 5th grade guests since early January.  High school and Dulles students have selected books they will read over the next few weeks. All of these students will meet again in March to collaborate on advertising campaigns and decision-making geared to select which books will make the best additions to classroom libraries at Dulles.  We are thankful for the support of the Oak Hills Alumni Foundation whose funding supports our work and the purchase of books for the classrooms. We are excited for all of these students to have the opportunity to collaborate on decision-making and enhance the culture of reading throughout the district.

Help Us Pick Something Funny to Read in March


Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of each month before school in the Media Center. There are always interesting people, good conversations and donuts. We’ve decided that what we all need this time of year is something funny to get us through March. You should help us decide what it should be.

Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain: “In a word: Awkward. Every part of my life makes me cringe.”

The Disasters by  M.K. England: Kicked out of their one chance at the intergalactic colonization program, our heroes tumble into a plot to destroy the universe.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows: Historical fiction full of puns and mockery designed to make you snort awkwardly in public.

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan: Briggs takes a summer job as a personal assistant. His eighty-four-year-old boss is a handful.

A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall: Seven seniors, seven problems, one senior prom.

We Regret to Inform You: An Overachiever’s Guide to College Rejection by Ariel Kaplan: Mischa has done every possible right thing to get into the perfect college. Sadly, every single one rejects her.

Wildman by J.C. Geiger: Straight A student stranded in the middle of nowhere begins to rethink his whole life plan.

Make your VOTE count HERE.



Looking to Spend Monday Reading?

Looking to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights? A great place to start is this article in the New York Times, “Teaching and Learning About Martin Luther King, Jr. With the New York Times”.

You might also want to try one of these titles:

MLK Reads 2020

Tyler Johnson Was Here

 Just Mercy

 Dear Martin

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight

Martin Luther King, Jr. A Life 


A More Beautiful and Terrible History

All American Boys

How to Be an Antiracist

Universal Letter Writing Week 

In an age when the character count rarely exceeds 140 and many of us communicate in as few syllables as possible, it seems either a luxury or maybe silliness to celebrate Universal Letter Writing Week in its most traditional sense. So consider books written as letters (epistolary format) as a way to add variety to your book life. You’d be surprised how changing the format of a book changes the whole reading experience. Here are some from our collection worth a second look.

Illuminae: Kady thought breaking up with her boyfriend was today’s worst disaster. Then her colony planet world was invaded by warships as two massive corporations compete for control of the resources. SciFi / Action Adventure written as a collection of letters, files, text exchanges. Great if you are really looking for a new format different from the traditional paragraphs. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: You may be entranced by the movie on Netflix  but the book is so much better. Give it a try.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares: A little bit of romcom is always nice. Home alone during the winter break holidays, Lily leaves a set of clues and a dare in a journal hidden among the books in a used book store. Dash finds the journal and sets his own challenge in it for Lily. Will they ever meet in person? Or, will it continue to be anonymous clues in the shared journal?

Frome Twinkle with Love: A romcom second helping. When Twinkle Mehra teams up with Sahil Roy to direct a version of Midsummer Night’s Dream for the local film festival, she thinks everything is finally going her way. Then a mystery man begins emailing her and it’s love triangle territory for sure.

Life on the Refrigerator Door: Claire and her mom are always running; busy all the time; never in the same place at the same time. The only consistent thing they can rely on are the notes they leave for each other on the refrigerator door. Can their relationship survive the newest crisis? If you like reading novels written in verse, this is one to check out. It reads in the same quick and powerful way.

Dear Rachel Maddow: Brynn is wrangling some tough stuff in her life: her brother’s death, her crummy relationship with her stepdad and academic disaster at school. She begins drafting letters to her favorite personality, Rachel Maddow, for a school project. Then the stakes get even higher. 

Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda: When one of Simon’s sensitive emails gets into the wrong hands, he risks having his secrets revealed. Then life gets really complicated. Can he untangle his trouble, accept some change and find true happiness?

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions: Short, thoughtful non-fiction. Adichie makes 15 suggestions that will make you think, change your perception and perhaps understand the world in a new way.