Photos From ALJ High School

CLARK — Students at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark have been competing in a tennis tournament during their physical education classes, learning about 17th and 18th century literature and finding out how to research history using primary sources.


Students in Laura Bundy’s Physical Education classes at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark finished up their tennis tournament at the end of September Each game was super competitive and students had a great time playing. Juniors Jordyn Janusz (right) and Natalie Perla (left) came up big and won the tournament for their period 4 class.


Students in Marie Palma’s English III class at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark have been reading informational texts concerning literary time periods from the 17th to the 18th century. Students then wrote journal entries explaining their views on the importance of “The Declaration of Independence” as well as their opinions concerning the relevance of the document today, in our modern changing world. They also compared and contrasted the literature produced during the Age of Reason and the literature created during the Romantic period in order to understand how the historical “mindset” influenced the writers and their works. Above, students Anabela Casimiro and Nick Mazza share their responses with the class by recording them on the board in a “T-chart” graphic organizer.


Students in Mr. Reyes’ AP United States History class at the Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark recently spent time in the ALJ school library researching American history topics from the 1920s. School Library Media Specialist Kate Ryan guided the students to reputable sources, helping students explore scholarly primary sources. “Rather than simply rely on the first few results that Google offers, I always recommend that students use our databases. For this class the students had success using the ProQuest Historical New York Times database, which gives students access to all of the articles in the Times archive, which they wouldn’t have from simply going to the website,” said Ryan. In the picture above, ALJ students Kelly Vena and Brian Milara explore the New York Times archive for articles from the 1920s.


English students in Marie Palma’s English III class at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark have been reading and analyzing one of American Literature’s most infamous writers, Edgar Allen Poe. Students first read and researched background on Poe’s life and discussed the importance and value of his mysterious and eerie tales. Poe’s popularity is widely attributed to his unique writing ability and powerful mood evident in his famous horrific tales like “The Raven,” and “The Tell Tale Heart.” Students discovered that not only was Poe a major contributor to the art and craft of “scary story-telling” he was the first writer to create the genre we know and love today, the short story. In the photo, students share research with the class on Edgar Allen Poe, completed as an independent Web-Quest activity designed to establish background and content. In the photograph above, Lauren Beck and Samantha Hoenings share their responses to their Web-Quest on American author and poet, Edgar Allen Poe.

(Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

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