English Department sponsors Reading Week

Monday, April 22 through Thursday, April 25 is the annual Reading Week at McNick. This year’s theme is Reading through the Decades.

The books being featured are The Great Gatsby from the 1920’s, The Outsiders from the 50’s, To Kill A Mockingbird from the 60’s, and the Harry Potter series from the 90’s. During the week, students will also have opportunities to share their original writing and songs, and read to grade schoolers. English Department Chair Meloney Feldkamp said that Reading Week is a great experience for McNicholas students, especially when they read to the younger students.

“Reading week is great because [our students] get to do things they don’t normally get to do in English class, and they get to interact with the little kids and share the joy of reading with them,” Feldkamp said. “I love seeing the connections our students make with the grade schoolers.”

McNick students will have the opportunity to read to children in kindergarten through third grade at Guardian Angels and preschoolers at Mount Washington Presbyterian from Tuesday through Thursday. On Wednesday, the Celebration of Word and Song will provide students with the opportunity to share their original poetry and songs with their fellow students. It will be in the Jeanne Spurlock Theatre at McNick 6 p.m.  Students who attend will receive extra credit in their English classes, and there will be additional extra credit for those who participate. Also, during the week there will be trivia based on the theme book or decade of that day. Students will spend the first five minutes of their English classes answering the trivia questions and earning points for their right answers. The English class with the most points at the end of the week will win a prize. The prize is still being determined, but English teacher Katie Caster implied that food was involved

Feldkamp said the English department decided on this theme because they were hoping to include the spring musical, Grease. So, they decided to feature different decades since Grease was a highly popular movie about the fifties. To choose the featured books, the English teachers brainstormed books that were either written during that time period or were set in that time period. Then they chose which books they thought the students would be the most familiar with.

Junior Ashley Dundon said she is excited for this theme because it features The Great Gatsby as the book from the 20s. “Gatsby is one of my favorite books and the Roaring 20s was a really exciting and interesting decade.”

Junior Anna Schuh is looking forward to the 90s decade on Thursday. “The Harry Potter series are my favorite books. I can’t wait for the trivia. My English class is going to dominate!”

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