Reading Against the Odds is about reading

and learning about our community and


A selection of some of the things we have


Books Read:

    • The Bluest Eye
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God
    • The Women of Brewster Place
    • All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
    • Dreams From My Father
    • Go Tell it On the Mountain
    • Cry, The Beloved Country
    • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
    • How the GarcĂ­a Girls Lost Their Accents
    • A Mercy
    • Devil in a Blue Dress
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
    • Hamlet
    • The Adventures of Augie March
    • Invisible Man
    • The Joy Luck Club
    • Urban Quartet
    • The Book Thief
    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Places Visited:

    • Art Institute of Chicago
    • DuSable Museum (multiple visits)
    • Chicago History Museum
    • Steppenwolf Theatre (multiple visits)
    • Court Theatre
    • Spertus Institute
    • Nature Museum
    • Museum of Contemporary Art
    • Chinese American Museum
    • Two students traveled to New York City for the "Innovations in Reading" Awards Luncheon in 2012
    • Roosevelt University Science Laboratories
    • "The Big Read" at Columbia College Library
    • StoryCorps Booth @ Chicago Cultural Center

Things Created:

    • Collages
    • Poetry
    • Decorated journals to write in
    • Conference presentations
    • Reflective writings