Canada Reads takes over the airwaves at CBC every March, and last year we thought we would take a page out of their book and do the same thing in our weekly assembly, with our take on the literary duel.
We named our competition Elmwood Reads and ran it for a second time this year. The challenge: with Canada 150 in mind, students and staff had to find a Canadian book to champion in our Elmwood Reads segments during assembly. With four contestants from Middle School, four from Senior School and four faculty contestants, there was a wide variety of Canadian literature on display each week.
After everyone got over the public speaking jitters, the fun really started. Contestants were given the question they had to respond to a day ahead of time and they prepared a short one-minute speech in response. Over the course of three weeks, after each assembly, students and staff had the opportunity to vote for the person that did the best job responding to the question. Each week, one book and one contestant were eliminated from the competition.
In the final week of competition, the finalists were asked to respond to the question: “If you were able to interview one of the characters in your book, what questions would you ask and how do you think the character would respond?” The answers in the final week of competition were engaging, creative, informative and remarkably entertaining as everyone put their own unique spin on this question.
After the final round of votes were cast, the winners of this year’s Elmwood Reads are:
- Ella Iles (Grade 8) – The Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
- Tara Rida (Grade 10) – Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
- Mrs. Enticknap (Faculty) – A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
All participants did a fantastic job of championing their books. Elmwood Reads got students and staff talking about books and Canadian culture. Since students and staff enjoy it so much, the competition will hopefully be run for years to come!
~ Kimberly Senf, Librarian