What is Battle of the Books?
Elementary Battle of the Books (BOB) is a competition team that encourages students to read by having them read 15 books representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. Participation in Elementary Battle of the Books allows students the opportunity to improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base. Our meetings will offer students the chance to practice for the countywide battle in March by answering questions like the ones shown below. The goal is to answer each question by stating the title and author of the book to which the question pertains. We will prepare for competition at meetings by playing games, discussing the books, taking notes and studying key elements of each text such as characters, settings, and plot.
Examples of Competition and Practice Questions:
In which book does a character state, “Being a mother is like trying to hold a
wolf by the ears”?
Answer: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
In which book is an alarm set off just for fun?
Answer: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Teams get two points for the correct title and one point for the correct author. If the team answers incorrectly the other team has an opportunity to steal the question and receives two points for the correct title. Using a game format for the competition creates interest and excitement in reading.
What are the 15 required books for the 2020-2021 School Year?
This link will show you the books for this year. Students may begin reading the books at any time and are encouraged to read over the summer. At our first meeting, we will set a reading schedule.
2020-2021 Battle of the Books List
Meeting schedule will be posted here. Please check back.
Elementary Battle of the Books is open to fifth, and sixth graders. Students must be strong, fluent readers as they will be reading about one novel per week. All reading takes place on the student's own time.
How Do I Make the Competition Team?
Fifth and sixth graders compete on the same team! Each member of Elementary Battle of the Books must read the 15 books listed on the elementary list. Each member should attend practice meetings held through December. If students do not keep up with the reading, they will not be able to continue coming to practices. In December, all students will be given a test using the same question format as shown above for all 15 books. The 6-8 students with the highest scores on this test will become the Elementary Battle of the Books Competition Team and represent our school in the county Battle in March.
MVES Battle of the Books Team 2019-2020 First Place Winner at the District Competition