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    Battle of the Books

     

    What is Battle of the Books?

     

    How did it begin?

    In the 1930’s Battle of the Books was a Chicago radio program. Today it is a reading incentive program in elementary, middle and high schools across the country. All of the questions in the competition begin with the words “In which book” and the correct answer is always the title and author of the book. This program works at the individual school level as well as at the interscholastic and district wide levels. Classroom teachers, reading specialists and library media specialists spend many hours choosing books and writing questions for each year’s battles. We are a team of library media specialists with many years experience in running district wide battles. We have chosen the books and written the questions for you.

    How are the books selected?

    Books are carefully selected so that classics, award winners and new favorites are all considered. Books are selected over a range of reading levels so that all students can participate. For example: in the grades 5 and 6 list there is at least one book on the fourth grade level to appeal to reluctant readers and one on the seventh grade level to challenge those students reading above grade level. Care is taken to ensure that the collection is balanced with respect to male and female protagonists, the genres represented, and the ethnic groups portrayed. They also look for books in series or authors with a large body of work to encourage students to read after the competition.

    How does this work?

    Battle of the Books (BOB) is a district wide program for 5th and 6th grades that runs all four quarters of the school year. The program begins with the introduction of the books to the students, where students will be given a schedule of the battle/competition dates. 

    Once the books and the competition have been introduced to the students they form teams of three readers. Each team has a captain who is responsible for seeing that each member of the team reads his or her assigned books. It is important for each team member to read all twelve books. Excellent teams have been formed by students who have each taken the responsibility to be an expert on all their books.

    As the students read the books they write questions in the format of the competition. (Each question should begin “In which book…” and the answer should be the title and author.) These student generated questions are used for them to practice for the competition. The battles take place the week after each quarterly school break (fall break, winter break, and spring break).  The fourth quarter battle/competition is only for the top scoring team from Jacobson. 

     Facts about Battle of the Books

    1. Participates must be in either 5th or 6th
    2. There is a $30 fee to participate. Participants will pay through tax credit in Infinite Campus.
    3. There are three battles (where questions about the books they read are asked). Four pre-selected books are required to be read by each team member. There is a total of 12 books for the entire year (please see list below). 
    4. There is a final battle at the end of the year where finalists will participate.
    5. Team size is limited to three students per group.
    6. Once the first competition has begun, team members MAY NOT be changed. The only exception is if a team member has left the school.  In this case, the group may find another team mate that isn’t currently apart of Battle of the Books.
    7. Practices will be help to prepare for each battle/competition (please see schedule below).
    8. Location of practice will depend on who your child’s coach is, and you will be notified via hardcopy and email before your first practice, which will be the week of August 13th.
    9. For further information, you may visit the Media Center tab on the Jacobson school website. You will also have your child’s coach’s information after they are assigned.

     

    What Are the Battle Dates?

    • Battle #1: October 30, 2018 @ Jacobson Media Center, Time 9:00am
    • Battle #2: January 11, 2019 @ Jacobson Media Center, Time 9:00am
    • Battle #3: March 27, 2019 @ Jacobson Media Center, Time  9:00am
    • Semi-Finals: TBD
    • Finals: TBD
    • Reginals : TBD 5pm-9pm

    What is included with my tax credit?

    • Each student will have access to all 12 books.  There will be no need to get a book from the store or public library. These books do belong to the Jacobson Library and will be used by all battle members on a checkout schedule.
    • A Battle of the Books t-shirt, that needs to be worn at every battle.

     

    2018-2019 Reading List

     

    BATTLE 1—

    Average AR level  4.8                  average points     7.5

    BOOK TITLE

    AUTHOR

    # OF PAGES

    GENRE

    AR BL

    AR PTS

    Lexile Level

    Artemis Fowl

    Colfer

    277

    Fantasy

    5.0

    9.0

    600L

    Where The Red Fern Grows

    Rawls

    212

    Realistic

    4.7

    11.0

    700L

    Jennifer Murdley’s Toad

    Coville

    156

    Fantasy

    4.6

    4.0

    700L

    My Side of the Mountain

    George

    177

    Adventure

    5.2

    6.0

    810L

    Total Pages

    822

     

     

    BATTLE 2—

    Average AR level  4.7                  average points      5.2

    BOOK TITLE

    AUTHOR

    # OF PAGES

    GENRE

    AR BL

    AR PTS

    Lexile Level

    A Wrinkle in Time

    L'Engle

    203

    Science Fiction

    4.7

    7.0

    740L

    The Castle in the Attic

    Winthrop

    179

    Fantasy

    4.9

    6.0

    750L

    Rules

    Lord

    200

    Realistic

    3.9

    4.0

    780L

    Doll Bones

    Black

    244

    Suspense/ Mystery

    5.4

    7.0

    840L

    Total Pages

    826

     

     

    BATTLE 3—

    Average AR level  5.3                  average points     6.2

    BOOK TITLE

    AUTHOR

    # OF PAGES

    GENRE

    AR BL

    AR PTS

    Lexile Level

    The Borrowers

    Norton

    177

    Fantasy

    5.3

    5.0

    780L

    Island of the Blue Dolphins

    O’Dell

    181

    Adventure

    5.4

    6.0

    1000L

    The Girl Who Could Fly

    Forester

    329

    Science Fiction

    6.0

    11.0

    920L

    Riding Freedom

    Ryan

    138

    Historical

    4.5

    3.0

    720L

    Total Pages

    825

     

      

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