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Decade Wrap-Up: Literary look back at decade’s growth

Throughout the past decade, authors such as Wendy Mass, Cassandra Clare and John Green explored unique characters and storylines by showcasing everyday problems the youth faces. The Sidekick social media manager Anika Arutla discusses the impact they have had on the generation as 2020 arrives.

Anika Arutla, Social Media Manager

December 17, 2019

As a recently turned 18-year-old, the past decade is what I consider to be the growing point of my life. Throughout these years, I have learned more about myself and about the world, mostly thanks to the relatable characters, fantasy lands and underlying lessons that books provided.  Whether it be in...

Turning a new page: Living in an age where reading about tough issues is the new normal (Part III)

Acclaimed novels A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood depict instances of sexual assault. Literary authors have made progress in representing these issues in spite of social taboos. Graphic by Kelly Wei.

Jessica Hernandez, Staff Writer

January 24, 2018

Editor’s note: This story is a part of The Sidekick series on the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment.   It is uncomfortable, sensitive and difficult to talk about in everyday life, but in the end, it is real and we as a society need to talk about it.   Sexual harassment and...

Four books to help you fall into reading over break

Coppell High School senior Jess Hernandez makes book selections for the fall season. The fictional book The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is included in this selection.

Jessica Hernandez, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017

As the weather grows cooler and days grow shorter, there is no better way to spend your free time than with your nose in a book while drinking hot chocolate and hiding under blankets. Prepare to kick back and relax with these four books that are sure to keep you reading for hours on end over the upcom...

Bowden’s monstrous love for literature allows for connecting poetry with life

Coppell High School AP English IV and creative writing teacher Matthew Bowden poses with fun items in his classroom. Bowden was selected as teacher of the issue for the first time in his 19 years teaching at the high school.

Lina Pyon, Co-Social Media Manager

April 26, 2017

Green slime, posters of horror movies and figurines of Frankenstein are the first things that stand out in Matthew Bowden’s room. Bowden teaches GT/Ap English IV and Creative Writing, and has been teaching at Coppell High School for 19 years, adding more and more to his collection. “Ever sinc...

Teacher Feature: Teachers struggle to teach literature “by the book”

March 11, 2011

Zach Sherman English Teacher Sometimes English teachers ruin books. We emphasize quantity more than quality, discuss too many “devices,” refuse to let a book be a book. When I say “we” I really mean “I” because I know I’ve done this and regretted it later. I’ve wanted students to see so much that, ironically, I...

Prepare for AP exam, read up!

April 15, 2010

By Rebecca Fowler Staff Writer With AP tests next month, students planning to take the AP Literature exam are brushing up on their book smarts—their knowledge of novels, that is.  With a massive list of over 340 books appearing on the test at one time or another, it can be challenging and overwhelming...

Kindle kindles my aversion

January 4, 2010

By Rebecca Fowler Staff Writer If you haven’t heard of the Kindle yet, you will. Largely growing in popularity, this little device is greatly altering the way we read and gain information.  It is an electronic book reader produced by Amazon which allows users to purchase books directly from the d...

C.L.A.M. deadline Friday

December 17, 2009

By Rebecca Fowler Staff Writer The C.L.A.M., Coppell Literary Arts Magazine, deadline for submissions is this Friday, Dec. 18. All pieces of writing and photography can be given to Mr. Bowden in C231 on a CD, flash drive, e-mail or hardcopy, though electronic submissions are preferred.  The C.L.A.M. accepts work from both CHS teachers and students from all grades. In addition, subscribers are welcomed and will receive a business ad in ...