TVHS Inspiration Pursuits

Inspiration Pursuits are meant to help you learn more, dig deeper, and explore our world by inspiring you to pursue learning in your own way, through opportunities available in the library and throughout the school.

Each quarter, there will be a new focus topic, around which will revolve many learning opportunities.  Each Pursuit has four parts: Answer; Create; Read; and Connect.

Our goals:

  • Bring awareness to important topics.
  • Encourage new learning.
  • Inspire new thinking.
  • Build school community through shared discussion and activity.
  • Encourage collaboration among students, staff, and students and staff together.
  • Allow space and time for creative and critical thinking.
  • Allow space and time for creativity and innovation.

Quarterly Topics for 2017-18:

  • SEMESTER 1: The Power of Words
    • Quarter 1 Focus: Banned Books.  We will talk about how the power of words causes people to challenge and want books banned.  Why do certain words have more power than others?  Competition:  Write a powerful short story or poem.
    • Quarter 2 Focus: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  November is NaNoWriMo, so this quarter is dedicated to writing an entire novel!  We will help support you as you write with sessions to share writing tips.  Competition:  Write a powerful short story or poem.
  • SEMESTER 2: The Power to Create
    • Quarter 3 Focus: Creating and Making.  We will have weekly creation themes, and at the beginning of March, we will judge all creations and give out prizes!  Competition:  Weekly creation challenges!
    • Quarter 4 Focus: Create a Better World.  The Earth takes care of us, so let’s take care of our Earth!  Come for discussions about how to build a better world and take care of our beautiful planet.  Competition:  Earth Day recycle!



The theme of this year’s Banned Books week is “Words Have Power.”  The power words have is one reason there are banned and challenged books – some people don’t like the power of certain words, and so want to ban the books that contain them.

Your challenge for this quarter’s Inspiration Pursuit is to think about the power of words.  Here are some questions to think about as you expand your knowledge on this topic:

  • Why do certain words have so much power?
  • What gives words power?
  • Can words be used in a “good powerful” way and a “bad powerful” way?  How?
  • How do powerful words affect you?

Competition:  Write something powerful!  Write a poem, an essay, a short story, a journal entry or whatever you would like that you feel represents the theme “Words Have Power.”  Competition starts Sept. 12 and judging will be Oct. 19.

Other ways to engage with this topic:

  • Come by the library to get a banned or challenged book to READ.
  • Come by the library to give voice to your opinions!  CONNECT by adding your ideas to the library’s flipgrid or put some ideas on the board.
  • CREATE something that represents censorship using the materials in the makerspace.

Event Dates:

  • Sept. 12: Writing competition kick-off and discussion of the power of words.
  • Sept. 26: Banned Books Week celebration
  • Oct. 19: Writing competition judging!