Promoting Reading SINCE 2015
#1 Choose book to fit theme
#2 Begin reading, seeking evidence
#3 Connect to theme & 3 HUSKIES
#4 Analyze impact
#5 Synthesize evidence
#6 Deepen Understanding
#7 Organize based on rounds
#8 Build script
#9 Rehearse speech
#10 Personalize and Persuade
(1 min) Round 1: Promote your book and reading
(2 mins) Round 2: Promote character development
(3 mins) Round 3: Change, challenge, and illuminate
(1 min) Round 4: Call to action with theme
2019 Sweet 16 Finals: Friday, May 24th from 1-3:30, 4F HIS Gymnasium
“Although you can’t repeat the past, the past makes us who we are now and impacts our future trajectory.
We must acknowledge, respect, and honor where we came from.”
(Honor the Past)
What’s the point?
HIS Reads began to promote reading across the school while providing students with the opportunity to sharpen their critical reading and persuasiveness.
What are we promoting?
- The value of reading in general, with a specific book defense
- The connection between a character’s development and our own personal character development, done through careful examination of textual details (HUSKIES lens)
- The impact a book might have on society, looking specifically at:
- Changing perspective
- Challenging stereotypes
- Illuminating important world issues
- The power of message and theme in calling an audience to act
Wait, what? Show me!
The 2015 Winner
The 2016 Winner
The 2017 Finalists (Full)
The 2018 Finalists (full)
The HIS Reads Finals
Finals Head-to-Head Format
10 High School (HS) Finalists and 6 Middle School Finalists Compete!
HS: 10 Winners from Qualifying Rounds
MS: 6 Winners from Qualifying Rounds
Based on seeds, finalists are placed into a 16-contestant single elimination bracket (see below).
Each round, students will face off, two at a time, with half of the competition eliminated each round as such:
Round 1 “Worthiness” (1 minute): 16 finalists, 8 faceoffs
Round 2 “Character” (2 minutes): 8 finalists remain, 4 faceoffs
Round 3 “Impact” (3 minutes): 4 finalists remain, 2 faceoffs
Round 4 “Theme Connection” (2 minutes **EXTENDED TIME**): 2 finalists remain, Championship Faceoff
Can I just read my speech?
What? Absolutely not!
You may, however, have one A4 piece of paper, front side only, with an outline including evidence.
You may also choose to have your evidence marked in your text with bookmarks/post-its.
How much must I speak?
(7 minutes speaking time total per person)
**5 minute preparation time given during qualifiers**
Round 1: Each participant has one minute to introduce his/her chosen text, showing how it promotes the value of reading. Support your defense with textual evidence and a clear rationale! Don’t forget to be persuasive!
Round 2: Each participant has two minutes to show how his/her chosen text promotes character development through the lens of the HIS HUSKIES. Make sure to pick three or more HUSKIES and support your argument with textual evidence and a clear rationale. Have you convinced your audience?
Round 3: Each participant has three minutes to show how his/her chosen text changes perspective, challenges stereotype(s), and illuminates issues, all of which are relevant to the surrounding culture/society. Be sure to make use of ethos, pathos, and logos, along with textual evidence.
**5 minute break**
Round 4: Each participant has one minute to connect their text to the current year’s theme, calling their audience to action in a compelling way.
**5 minute judging/evaluation time**
Are you judging me?
Promoting Reading (Round 1)
The selected literature has been used to clearly show the value of reading in general, as well as to impress upon the audience the specific value of reading that text, in particular.
The selected literature has been used to clearly show the value of reading in general, but less attention has been given to the value of the chosen text.
The value of reading has either NOT been emphasized, or it has not been supported with textual evidence.
Promoting Character Development (Round 2)
The selected literature has been used to clearly show the value of personal development of character through the chosen text, emphasizing three or more of the HUSKIES standards with precise and meaningful textual links.
The selected literature has been used to clearly show the value of personal development of character through the chosen text, emphasizing two of the HUSKIES standards with relevant textual links.
The selected literature has been used to clearly show the value of personal development of character through the chosen text, emphasizing one or fewer of the HUSKIES standards with marginal textual links.
Impacting the World (Round 3)
- Change Perspective
- Challenge Stereotypes
- Illuminate Issues
The selected literature has strongly impacted the audience to do all of the three areas of impact listed above.
The selected literature has strongly impacted the audience to do one to two areas of impact listed above.
The selected literature has minimally impacted the audience regarding the three areas of impact listed above.
Inspiring your Audience (Round 4)
The selected literature has been clearly connected to the current theme, calling the audience to some concrete action.
The selected literature has been clearly connected to the current theme but the call to action could be stronger.
The selected literature has made some connection to the current theme and the call to action is lacking impact.