Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Battle of the Books -- Special Opportunity

What is Battle of the Books?
America's Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 3-12. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.

How Does A Student Participate?
A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that year's America's Battle of the Books. Students may count "books" they have read before. However, they cannot count books that they have only seen on a video or a movie. They must read the book. They should keep a summary so they can review this information before their "Local Battle."

Where Do The Students Get The Books?
School libraries will order copies of each book on the list. Most bookstores will also have them available.

When Do The Students Read The Books?
The students should start reading now! They will have some time to read in English, their reading classes, and Cavetime. Be sure to bring your book to class! The first round of the Battle will be __________________.

What Is The "Battle?"
A typical "Battle" is a full day tournament or game, like the College Bowl, in which students' teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book list. The day begins with a meeting in the cafeteria, a morning snack and directions for the day. Then they are assigned to a team, given a mascot, and sent to their first round of the "Battle." They play several rounds, each against a different team. At the end of the morning, points are totaled and the two teams with the most points are invited to a "Grand Battle" after lunch, with the other teams as their audience. These two teams will also be given the opportunity to participate in the regional "Battle" in April and the statewide "Battle" also held in May or June, if regional battles have been organized by local participants in your area.

How Does It Benefit The Child?
The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books, sharing them with friends, parents and teachers, plus a fun day of playing in the "Battle."

Battle of the Books Junior High Titles 2015-2016   By Title
  1. Nothing But The Truth -- Avi 
  2. Fahrenheit 451 -- Bradbury, Ray 
  3. School Story, The  -- Clements, Andrew 
  4. Watsons Go to Birmingham, The  -- Curtis, Christopher 
  5. Midwife’s Apprentice  -- Cushman, Karen 
  6. Johnny Tremain   -- Forbes, Esther 
  7. One-Eyed Cat  -- Fox, Paula 
  8. Julie of the Wolves --  George, Jean Craighead 
  9. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town --  Holt, Kimberly 
  10. Everything on a Waffle -- Horvath, Polly 
  11. Swindle  -- Korman, Gordon 
  12. Wreckers, The  -- Lawrence, Iain 
  13. If Your Name was changed at Ellis Island --  Levine, Ellen 
  14. DragonQuest--  Paul, Donita K. 
  15. Long Way from Chicago, A  -- Peck, Richard 
  16. Becoming Naomi Leon  -- Ryan, Pam 
  17. Taking Sides  -- Soto, Gary 
  18. Witch of Blackbird Pond, The  -- Speare, Elizabeth G. 
  19. Maniac Magee  -- Spinelli, Jerry 
  20. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind  -- Staples, Suzanne Fisher

Remember, you can read these books for the 40 Book Challenge as well.
For more information see your English teacher or Mrs. Jones in the media center.

For more information: http://www.battleofthebooks.org/