Oprah’s new contest for high school students

Could Oprah have the kind of impact she’s had on motivating adult readers with her book club with the students we know and love? She’s just announced an essay contest for “high school students across America.”

On January 16, the Oprah Show will reveal the next book club reading and it will announce an essay contest based on that book. “Then, based on their essays, a panel of learned judges will select 50 high school students. Each finalist, along with one designated parent or guardian, will receive a trip to a special Oprah Show taping in late February.” Oprah’s site will offer study materials for teachers, parents, and students. The deadline for essay entries will be February 6.

I am looking forward to this opportunity to promote high school reading and I cannot wait to hear about which book Oprah chooses. She promises it will be “mandatory reading for every human being on the planet.” Wouldn’t it be interesting if the book were already on our reading lists and in our curricula?

Source: Joyce Valenza’s NeverEndingSearch Blog, December 10, 2005 http://joycevalenza.edublogs.org/>