Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books 2021-22

Battle of the Books is a Quiz Bowl Style Competition for students in grades 3-12. Yes, it is a competition, but the purpose is to foster a love of reading! The goal of Battle of the Books is to teach students how to work together in a group for a common goal, expose them to award-winning pieces of literature, and encourage a high volume of reading inside and outside of the classroom.

When students enroll in this battle, they commit to working with a school team to read books from the Battle of the Books list. The list includes ten books of various levels of difficulty. Students can read the books independently, as part of a school group, or with an adult. Students then compete in teams at the school to answer questions about the books. Each school sends one team per participating grade level to compete in the district Battle of the Books.


 

Getting Started


Register your student:

CLICK HERE

  • Mr. Riesel, Mrs. Senteno, and the Eldorado staff will be creating reading groups this year. 
     
  • We hope to finalize reading groups by the end of October.  

 

Begin Reading!

Once reading groups are formed and assigned a volunteer to lead them, groups will begin acquiring and working through the selected titles.

Reading groups are responsible for obtaining copies of books. We encourage you to:

  • Source used books

  • Rotate with other grades sharing the same titles

  • Access the public library

  • Use a combination of physical and digital books

Mr. Riesel will have 1-2 copies of each book in the Eldorado library to supplement, but this should not be a primary source of books.

CLICK HERE FOR THIS YEAR'S READING LISTS


 

Volunteer

A key component of the Battle of the Books program is having regular opportunities for students to discuss books and practice for the competition. In order to make that happen, we kindly ask for staff and parent volunteers to help run reading groups!

Volunteers will work with participants and their families to coordinate regular meeting times. These may take place during school (ex: lunch/recess, MTSS time) or outside of school.

Our reading group volunteers will also help coordinate and support book acquisition among its members and develop a reading schedule for their group.

If you are interested and able to support, please click below:

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

 


 

FAQs

I've registered my student. Now what?
Registration will be open through mid-October. We hope to have reading groups finalized and communicated to all by the end of October.

How often will reading groups meet?
We encourage reading groups and their volunteers to meet weekly beginning in November. If needed, meeting every other week can work.

Do we get to pick our groups?
Based on feedback from families and teachers, Eldorado staff will be forming reading groups this year. The registration form has a place to specify a student that you'd like to be paired with, though these groupings cannot be guaranteed.

Are the reading groups going to compete together?
No. In the Spring each student will take an individual school qualifier test using district-provided questions. The top 5 students in each grade will form a team that will compete at the district competition.

Does my student have to take the qualifier test in the Spring?
No. If your student would prefer to simply work through the reading list and meeting with a reading group, that is just fine. 


 

Important Dates

REGISTER AS A PARTICIPANT OR VOLUNTEER
BY OCTOBER 14th

SCHOOL BATTLE
LATE MARCH

DISTRICT BATTLES:

Grades 7-8: 4/27/23
Grades 3-6: 4/29/23

 


 

Notecatcher Documents

These notecatcher documents will be helpful in organizing details from each
book and in guiding your reading group conversations!


To make a copy of a notecatcher document, go to File -> Make a Copy.

COMING SOON!


 

Practice Questions

COMING IN DECEMBER


 

Questions?

Please email Mr. Riesel and Mrs. Senteno with any questions!

jared.riesel@bvsd.org

robin.senteno@bvsd.org