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Spring 2014 Reading Challenge

This year’s “Finish Strong” challenge is based on the book How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster.  The author points out that much of our literature alludes to Shakespeare, the Bible, and Greek mythology, so your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read from these sources as well as to read two new-to-you books.  See Mrs. Akers to sign up.

Accept the challenge and “Finish Strong.”

Required Reading

  • Two books
  • One selection from Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield
  • Three Bible stories from One Hundred Bible Stories
  • Three myths from D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths or Osborne’s Favorite Greek Myths

The first ten students to satisfactorily complete the challenge are invited to the library with one guest each for pizza on the last day of school.

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  1. 4 Comment(s)

  2.   By Librarian on Apr 7, 2014 | Reply

    All selections are reader’s choice.

  3.   By wynand on Feb 18, 2016 | Reply

    This challenge is a fun and exciting way to get people excited about reading!

  4.   By Olivia on Feb 22, 2017 | Reply

    I think for the required reading instead of three bible stories they should have three autobiographies. I think that we should have three autobiographies beacuse some people dont believe in the bible. I think more people would do this Spring reading challeneg if they took out the three bible stories.

  5.   By Librarian on Feb 23, 2017 | Reply

    Olivia, thank you for the throughful comment. The three Bible passages are on the list because this particular Spring Reading Challenge was based on past writing that has greatly impacted modern writing, as written in the post, “The author points out that much of our literature alludes to Shakespeare, the Bible, and Greek mythology…” Even if a person doesn’t believe in the Bible, allusions to it are found in much of the literature we read. You might hear phrases such as the following: in the lion’s den, turning water into wine, walking on water, manna from heaven, etc. By knowing the origins of these phrases, you can better understand and appreciate what the author means. This also applies to phrases of Greek mythology or Shakespeare that writers use. I agree that autobiographies are very useful and interesting to read. They don’t fit into this reading challenge theme, however. Also, the Bible passages are very short (about one page) versus the length of an autobiography which is probably 100-300 pages long.

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