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HIS Reads

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

Tosho Cards

¥5,000

¥3,000

¥2,000

¥1,000

Life-Changing Text

2020 Sweet 16 Finals: Friday, April 24th from 1-3:30 (A3-A4), 4F HIS Gymnasium

Current Theme

“Some say that life is a combination of “luck of the draw” and “knowing how to play your cards”. But are we limited to the cards we are dealt? Positivity through difficult circumstances can improve our lives dramatically if we are also curious, resilient, and self-directed.

(Own it!)

Preview

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?

  1. The value of reading in general, with a specific book defense
  2. The connection between a character’s development and our own personal character development, done through careful examination of textual details (HUSKIES lens)
  3. The impact a book might have on society, looking specifically at:
    1. Changing perspective
    2. Challenging stereotypes
    3. Illuminating important world issues
  4. 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 2019 Finalists (full)

Finalist Draftings

Sample Video Defenses

The Artemis Fowl Series

The Artemis Fowl Sample Script

The Defense Film Project Playlist

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

Prizes

1st place: 5,000 JPY tosho card + Life-Changing Text
2nd place: 3,000 JPY tosho card +Life-Changing Text
3rd & 4th place: 2,000 JPY tosho card +Life-Changing Text
5th – 8th place: 1,000 JPY tosho card

Can I just read my speech?

What? Absolutely not!

You may, however, have an outline and/or a highlighted script.

You may also choose to have your evidence marked in your text with bookmarks/post-its.

Round 4, however, has been script-free since 2020!

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?

Round 1: Promoting Reading (1 minute)

Content Criteria

  • Value of Reading

  • Value of Selected Text

  • Textual Support

Performance Criteria

  • Eye Contact

  • Body Language

  • Voice Control

20-18 points

Content: ALL with… relevant and powerful  textual support.

Performance: ALL with… natural persuasive impact.

17-16 points

Content: ALL with… relevant textual support.

Performance: ALL with… somewhat forced persuasive impact.

15-12 points

ALL, but…weak textual support.

11-6 points

ONE ONLY

5-0 points

NONE

Round 2: Promoting Character Development (2 minutes)

Content Criteria

  • One to three HUSKIES

  • Character Development

  • Textual Support

Performance Criteria

  • Eye Contact

  • Body Language

  • Voice Control

20-18 points

Content: ALL with convincing textual support, showing how the text could help improve character

Performance: ALL with… natural persuasive impact.

17-16 points

Content: ALL with relevant textual support.

Performance: ALL with… somewhat forced persuasive impact.

15-12 points

ALL, but…weak textual support.

11-6 points

ONE ONLY

5-0 points

NONE

Round 3: Impacting the World (3 minutes)

Content Criteria

  • Change perspective

  • Challenge stereotypes

  • Illuminate issues

  • Textual Support

Performance Criteria

  • Eye Contact

  • Body Language

  • Voice Control

30-27 points

Content: TWO or more, and…the societal value of the text is clear; the audience wants to read the book

Performance: ALL with… natural persuasive impact.

26-23 points

Content: TWO or more, and…the societal value of the text is clear

Performance: ALL with… somewhat forced persuasive impact.

22-17 points

TWO or more, but… the societal value of the text is only somewhat clear.

16-9 points

ONLY ONE

8-0 points

NONE

Round 4: Inspiring your Audience (1 minute*; no script)

2020 Theme: Some say that life is a combination of “luck of the draw” and “knowing how to play your cards”. But are we limited to the cards we are dealt? Positivity through difficult circumstances can improve our lives dramatically if we are also curious, resilient, and self-directed. (Own it!)

*Round 4 will be 2 minutes during the HIS Reads Finals

Content Criteria

  • 2020 Theme

  • Audience Call to Action

  • Textual Support

Performance Criteria

  • Eye Contact

  • Body Language

  • Voice Control

30-27 points

Content: ALL with a clear and unique call to action.

Performance: ALL with… natural persuasive impact.

26-23 points

Content: ALL with a clear call to action.

Performance: ALL with… somewhat forced persuasive impact.

22-17 points

ALL, but… the call to action is unclear or overly general.

16-9 points

ONLY ONE

8-0 points

NONE

Can I Judge Myself First?

Where Do I Start?

A Winning Formula

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This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.