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Finish Strong 2015


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Our “Finish Strong” reading challenge this spring is based (again) on Thomas C. Foster’s book How to Read Literature Like a Professor.  Foster claims that to truly understand and appreciate Western literature, the reader needs an understanding of Shakespeare, the Bible, and Greek/Roman mythology.

So, the reading challenge for this April and May includes reading from these sources as well as four short selections from the following:

  • One true animal story from Animals You will Never Forget (Reader’s Digest)
  • One sci-fi short story by Isaac Asimov or Ray Bradbury
  • One Sherlock Holmes mystery
  • One suspense or horror story by Edgar Allen Poe

Finish Strong 2015 Titles

See Mrs. Akers to sign up.  We will celebrate during lunch on the last day of school, Wednesday, May 20th.

Accept the challenge and Finish Strong.


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  1. 19 Comment(s)

  2.   By Thomas on Jan 26, 2016 | Reply

    Are you going to do this again?

  3.   By Librarian on Jan 28, 2016 | Reply

    Yes! Come talk with me about it.

  4.   By hannah on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    this is interesting.

  5.   By Ellie Syth on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    Is there a finish strong challenge this year? I would like to try.

  6.   By Librarian on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    Yes, there will be another reading challenge. Please join in.

  7.   By Daniel Carter on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    I think it would be important to be able to read like a professor! It would help you understand what you are reading and draw more information that is important out of the story.

  8.   By Ksenia Kuzmin on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    This sounds cool and anyone who has any interest should do it

  9.   By Joren Kirsis ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    This will be both a great, fun, and intellectual experience for people who love to read!

  10.   By Anna Brock on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    I think this is a good way for anyone to learn how different many types of literature are.

  11.   By Theodore on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    For an understanding of Shakespeare about how many of his works should you read?

    Are these suggested to read because literature was based of of them?

  12.   By Librarian on Feb 25, 2016 | Reply

    Excellent questions. To understand Shakespeare is a life-long task, but you can begin to appreciate him by going to some of his plays or reading his most popular works. You can also read his plays put into prose in Shakespeare Stories I and II by Leon Garfield, both of which are in the HHS library. They are very well-written. To get started with the plays, you could try one comedy, one tragedy, and one history. Like the Bible and classical mythology, Shakespeare is alluded to in literature.

  13.   By Breck on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    This seems important to do and seems that it will be fun to participate in.

  14.   By allison on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    cool, seems fun…

  15.   By Solstice on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    I recently read ‘How to Read Literature Like a Professor’ it was am amazing eyeopening book and I would recommend it to everyone.

  16.   By Clayton on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    This is very interesting to read.

  17.   By trey on Feb 22, 2017 | Reply


  18.   By Librarian on Feb 23, 2017 | Reply

    Is it? Many students signed up for the challenge, and several finished it.

  19.   By daniel reutov on Feb 22, 2017 | Reply

    I agree.

  20.   By Ryan on Feb 22, 2017 | Reply

    cool beans

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