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Battle of the Books

  1. 1. Megan Bright LIS 5100 Summer 2010
  2. 2. This year, students will be engaging in an activity called“Battle of the Books”. In this program, students will group intoteams of 3-4 students and work as a group to read all ofthe2010-2011 Mark Twain or Truman Award books (based onreading or grade level). Throughout the school year as studentsread, the librarian will provide opportunities for bookchats, wikis, and graphic organizers where students can keeptrack of the details of each book. In February, students willcompete in a battle, putting one team against another to testtheir knowledge of the award books. Winning teams will advancethrough the competition, resulting in one winning team pergrade level.
  3. 3. Spring prior to Battle: Librarian receives list of award nominees and begins reading and developing questions.September: Librarian unveils promotion to students. - Students begin forming teams.October - January: Students read books. - Librarian offers wiki discussion boards, book chats, and organizational materials. - Librarian conducts "mini-battles" of one question each to help keep students enthusiastic and engaged.February: Battle of the Books! - Initial rounds conducted during class library visits. - Final rounds conducted in an assembly.March: Eligible students vote for their favorite award books.
  4. 4. 2010 - 2011 Mark Twain Award NomineesSeer of Shadows, AviThe Magic Half, Annie BarrowsMargret and Flynn, Kathleen DueyFound, Margaret Peterson HaddixGo Big or Go Home, Will HobbsStolen Children, Peg KehretSchool Spirit, Elizabeth Cody KimmelSafe at Home, Mike LupicaThe Totally Made Up Civil War Diary ofAmanda MacLeish, Claudia MillsBringing the Boy Home, N.A. NelsonThe Leanin Dog, K.A. NuzumThe Mysterious Case of the AllbrightAcademy, Diane Stanley 2010 - 2011 Truman Award Nominees Chains, Lauren Anderson Compound, Stephanie Bodeen The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins Jump the Cracks, Stacy DeKeyser Other Side of the Island, Allegra Goodman Gone, Michael Grant Otherworldlies, Jennifer Kogler Boost, Kathryn Mackel Suck It Up, Brian Meehl Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary Pearson White Gates, Bonnie Ramthun Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail, Michael Spradley
  5. 5. Consider the following topics while reading: Who are the main characters? What are they like? What is the setting of the story? What is the main conflict (or problem) in the story? How is the conflict resolved? What lesson does the story teach? Which characters change during the course of the story?If you think of questions that you would like to ask of other students who are reading your book, click on the "Discussion" tab at the top of the wiki. Ask a question - or give an answer!
  6. 6. Consider making the following modifications to accommodate for diverse learners: Audio books Braille books Pairing students together to read books so they can ask questions and talk about the book as they go. Match students up with the book list (Mark Twain or Truman Award) that more closely fits their reading level. Help students to create diverse teams of various strengths, interests, and genders so students can rely on one another. Provide opportunities (potentially before or after school) for students to talk about the books they are reading and ask questions when they need clarification. Develop a wiki discussion board where students can discuss the books they are reading without the pressure of asking questions in person. Be sure to provide instruction to those students who are not already familiar with how to use a wiki. For an example of a wiki discussion board, check out the discussion tab at the top of this page. Provide graphic organizers where students can take notes as they read to help them keep track of each books distinct characteristics. For examples of graphic organizers, check out Organizational Ideas.
  7. 7.  For various organizational ideas, please see the end of this packet.
  8. 8.  At the back of this packet you will find the following promotional materials: ◦ Student Flyer ◦ Parent Letter ◦ Principal Memo
  9. 9.  ALA Standards for the 21st-Century Learner 1.1.9 – Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding. 1.3.4 – Contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community. 1.4.3 – Monitor gathered information, and assess for gaps or weaknesses. 2.1.2 – Organize knowledge so that it is useful. 2.1.5 – Collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems. 3.1.2 – Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners. 3.1.3 – Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively. 3.2.3 – Demonstrate teamwork by working productively with others. 3.2.2 – Show social responsibility by participating actively with others in learning situations and by contributing questions and ideas during group discussions. 3.3.3 – Use knowledge and information skills and dispositions to engage in public conversation and debate around issues of common concern. 4.1.1 – Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth. 4.1.3 – Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres. 4.1.6 – Organize personal knowledge in a way that can be called upon easily. 4.2.4 – Show an appreciation for literature by electing to read for pleasure and expressing an interest in various literary genres. 4.4.1 – Identify own areas of interest. 4.4.3 – Recognize how to focus efforts in personal learning. Missouri GLEs Communication Arts - R1 - Develop and apply skills and strategies to the reading process. Communication Arts - R2 - Develop and apply skills and strategies to comprehend, analyze and evaluate fiction, poetry and drama from a variety of cultures and times. MoSTEP/ NCATE/ AASL Standards - Candidates encourage reading and lifelong learning by stimulating interests and fostering competencies in the effective use of ideas and information. d - Candidates promote the importance of reading among all students through reader advisory services and reading motivation activities. f - Candidates instill a sense of enjoyment in reading in others that leads to lifelong reading habits. g - Candidates select materials in multiple formats to address the needs and interests of diverse young readers and learners. c - Candidates support the learning of all students and other members of the learning community, including those with diverse learning styles, abilities and needs.
  10. 10.  Dix, Suzanne Liacos. “Waging a Battle to Promote Reading.” Library Media Connection 28.5 (2010): 20-22. WilsonWeb. Web. 2 July 2010. Grade Level Expectations 2.0. DESE. Oct. 2008. Web. 11 July 2010. "Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension." Scholastic. n.d. Web. 11 July 2010. MASL. Mark Twain Readers Award. MASL. n.d. Web. 11 July 2010. MASL. Truman Readers Award. MASL. n.d. Web. 11 July 2010. Sanchez, Mariely. "When You Read, Ask Yourself!" Reading Graphic Organizers and Printables. n.d. Web. 11 July 2010. Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action. Chicago: AASL, 2009. All images taken from: "Images and More." Microsoft Office. n.d. Web. 11 July 2010.