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Each year, Catholic High School chooses a book to be read by all members of the CHS community. The selection is made by faculty members of one content area, is incorporated into class and school activities, and highlights themes relevant to our community and applicable to the lives of students and faculty members.  

This year’s Big Read is Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant. The reading schedule and primary assessment information will be communicated to students in their science course. Reading assignments will begin on October 21st and continue through the third quarter. 

Students will receive a digital rental copy of the book beginning October 21stThe fee for this rental is $11.00 and will be deducted from each student’s myCHS account on October 17th. Please ensure funds are available on your son’s school account.  

The schedule is:

  • 10/21 books received
  • 10/21 – 10/28 Prologue and Ch. 1 10/29 – 11/4 Ch. 2
  • 11/5 – 11/11 Ch. 3
  • 11/12 – 11/18 Ch. 4
  • 11/27 – 12/2 Ch. 5
  • 12/3 – 12/9 Ch. 6
  • 1/8 – 1/13 Ch. 7
  • 1/14 – 1/20 Ch. 8
  • 1/21 – 1/27 Ch. 9
  • 1/28 – 2/3 Ch. 10
  • 2/4 – 2/10 Ch. 11
  •  2/11 – 2/17 Wrap up

In selecting this book, faculty members considered the importance of our students strengthening their ability to think critically. Part of that involves not getting too comfortable with their convictions and becoming open to analyzing and reevaluating their thoughts in light of new or previously misunderstood information. Think Againlooks at the ability to rethink and unlearn, to question what we “know” and to listen to differing opinions rather than always seeking out those who agree with us. In other words, this book will hopefully help them to “think like a scientist.” 

As a reminder, the mission of the CHS Big Read Program is: 

  • to integrate a common work of literature into curriculum, enhancing community and creating meaning for academic activities. 
  • to encourage an appreciation of reading by providing selections that not only have literary merit but are engaging and relatable as well. 
  • to foster the critical thinking skills our students need to be successful. 
  • to teach students to engage in constructive dialogue that is respectful, honest, and mature. 

We encourage parents to engage their sons in conversation about the readings over the next few months. We look forward to the meaningful discussions and activities that will take place this year as our students and faculty make the most of this work of literature.