Barnaby Rudge Reading Marathon

The Great Annual Dickens Marathon

To join us, or give the seniors goodies and well-wishes in person, please email
Can’t make it? Keep up with us on social media @uscnaitheater #barnabylab

2018 Marathon Schedule

Saturday, September 29 2:30-9:00 PM
USC Taper Hall 101


2:30-2:45 – Meet and Greet the Scholars: Early dinner provided by NAI, leave a message or goodies for the readers, or join in the fun!

2:45-3:00 PM — Welcome messages for the readers from the Dickens Project and NAI families.

3:00-5:00 PM
Kim Thomas-Barrios (USC, Associate  Senior Vice President, USC Educational Partnerships)
No. I, Chapter 1, pp. 1-20 (20 pages)

Jacqueline Barrios (Foshay/USC NAI/UCLA)
No. I, Chapter 2-3, pp. 21-37 (15 pages)

5:00-6:30 PM
Brianna Beehler (USC)
No. I, Chapters 4-5, 37-53 (16 pages)

Prof. John Bowen (University of York)
Reading Buddy Commercial Break for No. 1

Antoinette Pippin (Foshay/USC NAI)
No. I, Chapters 6-7, pp. 69-86 (17 pages)

6:30-7:00 PM — SNACK BREAK

7:00-8:30 PM
No. II, Chapters 8-11, pp. 67-86 (19 pages)

Aimee Xu (USC)
No. II, Chapters 11-12, pp. 86-102 (16 pages)

8:30-9:00 PM — Congratulations and end of marathon! Victory pictures, goodie bags, dismissal, and goodbyes!

For Students

Prepare your novel, and remind parents, friends and family about the goodie table and showing love to you on your big reading day.

Pack the following:

  • *Your novel, comfortable clothes, pillows or cushions, snacks and drinks, pens and highlighter, some coloring pencils.
  • *A pocket “cheat sheet” (use a large 11 by 17 sheet or similar) with the following (XC to those who have evidence of this by Saturday!):
  1. character map
  2. plot map
  3. information/definitions/research about the following:
    The Gordon Riots (history of Catholic and Protestant/Anglicanism tension  in England, Bloody Mary, Popery Act of 1698, Papists Act/Catholic Relief Act of 1778, Riot Act, The Protestant Association, Lord George Gordon, Whig and Tory); Public executions in England during the 18-19c; Historical novels; Mobs and Mobocracy


Resources for your cheat sheet:


Resources to have on hand–free audio and ebook of Barnaby Rudge

AP Literature seniors receive copies of the novel in preparation for the upcoming marathon

Jacqueline Barrios: AP Literature Teacher and LitLab Director

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