Battle of the Books Nov 27, 2012

27 Nov 2012

Welcome to all those who have signed up for our second year of Battle of The Books! We are looking forward to beginning the battles in January after the break, but first I have some more information for you.

Those who intend to participate – PLEASE make sure you have your Sportsmanship Contract in AND that your team has filled out and turned in a Team Roster! We cannot create the Tournament Brackets without the rosters, and we would hate to have someone get missed along the way. I have several contracts without rosters, and a few teams with at least one contract missing. You are welcome to contact me to double check if everything is in, or you can just turn in the forms just in case. I would like to have everything in by Monday, 03 December so that I can begin creating the brackets.

The books have been distributed to the classrooms, and your teachers will have sign out sheets available. In addition to the books in the classroom, there is also a form on the website that lists all the books available for download via electronic device.I am adding Team Reading List forms for each grade group to help you organize your teams – make sure that at least one person has read each book on the list so you have a better chance during the battles.

TAKE NOTES
while you are reading! There will be questions regarding title, author, characters, settings,genre, illustrators (if applicable) and plot. Try to write down page numbers to help you later – remember, you can challenge a question during the battles and page numbers will help that along. There are Note Sheets below  that you can print to help you, or you are welcome to do it however suits you best. There is also a link to a page that has some great information about how to take notes when reading books.

http://www.wikihow.com/Analyze-Fiction

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your teachers, Dawn, or myself. We want to see each team do well and have fun!

First, a basic outline of how Battle of the Books works:

Students will form teams of 4-5 only. Not 3, and not 6. The rules are very firm on this. 4
students only, with one as an alternate who can either be emergency use only, or rotated in on a schedule. The grade levels that currently participate at Springwater are 4-5 and 6-8. Due to the class groupings, the teams can consist of students in these
combinations: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th stand-alone teams, as well as 4/5 combined and 7/8 combined. There are 16 books in 4-5, and 16 books in 6-8. Those book lists are also on the site, as well as one that lists which books are available electronically through
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and even from the local library!

No student is expected to read all 16 books. The goal is for each team member to read at least 4 of the books so that all 16 can be covered for the battles. However, if you have an avid reader who would like to read them all, or a reader who may be a little slower, that works too. We want to encourage all students to participate! The reading
they do for Battle of the Books can also count for their free-reading in class and any reading they do at home. If they are reading anyway, they can bury themselves in a Battle book 🙂

The teams should have been formed and contracts turned in no later than November15th. That way, students can begin reading over Thanksgiving break. The battles will start in January during lunch. The students will get questions that include title, author, main characters, themes, climax, settings and plot line. The tournament is a double elimination tournament, and the top team from each grade group (4-5 and 6-8) will go on to represent Springwater at the regional tournaments March 2nd.

One last thing before you go explore the information. We could use any help you are willing to give. Ideally, we would love to have a coach for each team that keeps in touch with the players to make sure they are keeping up, and maybe even meets a couple of
times to help prep for battle. We will also need volunteers to help run the battles once they begin. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated – we would love to see the students get more and more excited about this program, and successful battles will
be a big part of that.

Any other questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at biblioholicbeth@gmail.com or 503-395-8698 I look forward to seeing your students excel on the battlefield!

Beth Cummings