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The Chicago Public Schools' Battle of the Books program encourages ongoing reading and teamwork throughout the course of a year. Teams are comprised of students in two categories: 4th through 6th grade, and 7th and 8th grade. Each school may register 1 team per grade level. Each division has a separate reading list of 21 books. In the Spring, student teams work together to score points during three rounds of online competition, answering questions about the books with bonus points for giving the full name of the author. The highest scoring 15 teams from each grade level advance to the City Finals live competition, cheered on by family and friends.

Each team needs at least one set of books to read. As students read titles from the list, they are encouraged to write questions about the books as they read. Some questions can be used for in-depth exploration and conversations during book club meetings and some questions are knowledge level questions that can be used to prepare for the online battle competition. Participation in the Battle of the Books program promotes greater depth and breadth of student reading, encourages cooperation, teamwork, reading motivation and accomplishment. Everyone’s a winner in the Battle of the Books!

Click the link to register a team for the 2017 Battle of the Books Program! Click here to register a team!

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Timeline

August - November:

Recruit team members, register your team, order books, begin meeting with team members and ask team members and parents to write questions and answers about the books as they read.
November - January:
Meet with team members regularly, ensure access to books as they become available. Collect questions from team members for practice battles. Coaches read at least one book and write 20 questions about the book, coaches submit 20 questions to template. Share the TeachingBooks.net resources to inspire further reading.
December: Coaches are asked to write 20 questions for one Battle of the Books title by January 9th. Please see below for templates.
Grade 4-6 Question Template
Grade 7-8 Question Template
January: Interested students may create designs for the 2016 Battle of the Books T-shirt contest. Designs must be received by February 21st. Please see your team coach for details.
February: Elect a team captain to memorize titles and authors and practice gathering information from team members to choose a final answer. Receive a link through e-mail for a short Practice Battle. Gather your team together to take the Practice Battle at any time you like, prior to March 27th. This battle is not scored and is only available to familiarize students with the online format.
February 14th: T-shirt designs due to Dorsey Chambers.
March: Practice answering questions about books as a team. Determine the 6 students and one alternate that will represent your school.
March 28th: Receive a link to the Grade 4-6 Online Battle. Gather your team to take the Online Battle at some point today. The top scoring 30 teams will advance to the City Finals.
March 29th: Receive a link to the Grade 7/8 Online Battle. Gather your team to take the Online Battle at some point today. The top scoring 30 teams will advance to the City Finals.
April 3rd: City Finalist Teams and Network Winners announced!
April 29th: City Finalists gather on Saturday morning from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon at Little Village / Lawndale High School Campus, located at 3120 S. Kostner Ave..

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2017 Battle of the Books
Official Title Lists
GRADE 4-6 Official Title List

GRADES 4-6

Author
Title
Publisher, Copyright Year
Smith, Charles
28 Days: Moments in Black

History That Changed the World
Roaring Brook Press, 2015
Graff, Lisa
Absolutely Almost
Puffin, 2015
McCoola, Marika
Baba Yaga’s Assistant
Candlewick, 2015
Cassidy, Sara
A Boy Named Queen
Groundwood Books, 2016
Riordan, Rick
Demigods and Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes
Disney-Hyperion, 2016
Tonatiuh, Duncan
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
Abrams, 2015
Orgill, Roxane
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Candlewick, 2016
Shovan, Laura
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
Wendy Lamb, 2016
Resau, Laura
The Lightning Queen
Scholastic, 2016
Avi
The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers and Grandfathers
Candlewick, 2016
Sara Pennypacker
Pax
Balzer + Bray, 2016
Baskin, Nora Raleigh
Ruby on the Outside
Simon and Schuster, 2016
Weeks, Sarah
Save Me a Seat
Scholastic, 2016
Chainani, Soman
The School for Good and Evil: Book 1
HarperCollins, 2013
Holczer, Tracy
The Secret Hum of a Daisy
Puffin, 2015
Pearsall, Shelley
The Seventh Most Important Thing
Yearling, 2016
Korman, Gordon
Slacker
Scholastic, 2016
Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Annie
Somewhere Among
Atheneum, 2016
Mulder, Michelle
Trash Talk: Moving Toward a

Zero Waste World
Orca, 2015
O’Roark Dowell, Frances
Trouble the Water
Atheneum, 2016
Weatherford, Carole Boston
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
Candlewick, 2015
Student team captains and team members are responsible for memorizing the titles and authors on this official title list. Only the underlined portions of titles must be memorized.

*Chicago Public Library is happy to be a partner with Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services Elementary Battle of the Books! With your library card, a computer and an eReader, you can access great eBook content from the Chicago Public Library’s website:__www.chipublib.org__‍Under “Learn,” click on “eBooks and Downloadable Media,” then under “Kids and Teens,” click “Kids eBooks.” From this screen you can search for your title, place it in your cart as either a Kindle Book or as an Adobe EPUB eBook, and then checkout using your library card and download to your device. For help getting started, go to__http://overdrive.chipublib.org/__ and click on “Help.”

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TeachingBooks.net provides original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, and a wealth of multimedia resources on our Battle of the Books titles to support reading and library activities for all grades and content areas.

Gr. 4-6: https://www.teachingbooks.net/qlbafoh


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2017 Battle of the Books
Official Title Lists
GRADE 7-8Official Title List
GRADE 7-8 Official Title List

GRADES 7-8

Author
Title
Publisher, year
Alexander, Kwame
Booked
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Murphy, Jim
Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever
Clarion Books, 2015
Engle, Margarita
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Atheneum, 2015
Grove, Tim
First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race
Abrams, 2015
Hilton, Marilyn
Full Cicada Moon
Dial, 2015
Reynolds, Jason
Ghost
Simon & Schuster, 2016
Hesse, Monica
Girl in the Blue Coat
Little, Brown, 2016
Holt, K. A.
House Arrest
Chronicle,
2015
Stevenson, Noelle
Lumberjanes #1: Beware the Kitten Holy
Boom! Box, 2015
Selznick, Brian
The Marvels
Scholastic Press, 2015
Nelson, Marilyn
My Seneca Village
Namelos, 2015
King,Wesley
OCDaniel
Simon & Schuster, 2016
Schmidt, Gary D.
Orbiting Jupiter
Clarion Books, 2015
Lee, Stacey
Outrun the Moon
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016
Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip through the Motown Sound
Roaring Brook Press, 2015
Stroud, Jonathan
The Screaming Staircase
Disney-Hyperion, 2013
Gaiman, Neil
The Sleeper and the Spindle
Harper, 2015
Bowles, David
The Smoking Mirror
IFWG Publishing, 2015
Johnston, E. K.
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim
Carolrhoda Lab, 2014
Lippert-Martin, Kristen
Tabula Rasa
Carolrhoda Lab, 2014
Scieszka, Jon
Terrifying Tales
Walden Pond Press, 2015
Student team captains and team members are responsible for memorizing the titles and authors on this official title list. Only the underlined portions of titles must be memorized.

*Chicago Public Library is happy to be a partner with Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services Elementary Battle of the Books! With your library card, a computer and an eReader, you can access great eBook content from the Chicago Public Library’s website:__www.chipublib.org__ ‍Under “Learn,” click on “eBooks and Downloadable Media,” then under “Kids and Teens,” click “Kids eBooks.” From this screen you can search for your title, place it in your cart as either a Kindle Book or as an Adobe EPUB eBook, and then checkout using your library card and download to your device. For help getting started, go to__http://overdrive.chipublib.org/__ and click on “Help.”

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TeachingBooks.net provides original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators, and a wealth of multimedia resources on our Battle of the Books titles to support reading and library activities for all grades and content areas.

Grades 7-8: https://www.teachingbooks.net/qlww6hc


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What kinds of questions will be asked during the online quiz and championship rounds? Three types of questions will be asked: “In what book..” questions, short answer questions and quotes will all be asked in the online battle. Questions will span a range of difficulty levels.

Samples of question types:

Ø In what book … did Charlie tour a candy factory? Answer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Ø In the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, what did Charlie find to gain admittance to the chocolate factory? Answer: a golden ticket

Ø In what book will you find the quote: “I love Everlasting Gobstoppers!..." Answer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

For extra points, what is the author’s name of the book from the last question? Answer: Roald Dahl

EBOB 2017 Question Templates

Team coaches are asked to write 20 questions about one Battle title

Please create:

8 simple, confidence-building questions (some of these should be "In what book.." questions.)

6 average questions for grade 4/6 and

6 extremely challenging questions.

September 1st.
Grade 4-6 Question Template: Click here for the Grade 4-6 Question Template

Grade 7-8 Question Template: Click here for the Grade 7/8 Question Template


Participating in the Battle of the Books, has a myriad of opportunities for students to participate in high level questions and thinking. Battle of the Books Team Members have numerous benefits:
  • Members have the opportunity to talk about books with peers - since reading is traditionally a solitary activity, talking about books with teammates, particularly guided by a coach, provides a variety of perspectives and opportunities for high level discussions that take place during team meetings http://qcsdsi.weebly.com/uploads/8/7/0/3/8703164/7929096_orig.jpg
  • Participants have the opportunity to work as a collaborative team
  • Battle of the Books encourages students to read a variety of books they might not normally read to broaden their perspectives
  • Battle of the Books helps make reading a habit, increasing fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension
  • Battle of the Books helps bring new books and multiple copies into school libraries to make them available for all students in subsequent years
  • The competitive nature of the program can be very enticing to some students who might not normally be enthusiastic readers
Overview for Brand New Coaches 2015



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This experience has just made me love to read even more. - Nicole C., Blaine school
We were crying from happiness! - Disney II Student

The competition, although intense, was still really fun. - Jocelyn R.


Book choices are selected based on a variety of factors including:
  • Books that have won literary awards, such as Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, Caudill, Bluestem, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best list and more
  • Newly published books are selected to add new titles to school libraries
  • Only the first of a series is selected to encourage students to seek out and read the rest of the series independently
  • Diversity must be represented in the book lists
  • Variety of genres including informational books to support Common Core standards and provide a range of reading options and expose students to a variety of literary styles
  • Student, coach, and parent choices with student appeal
  • Companion texts to build background knowledge, vocabulary and literacy skills


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Amazing event! Our kids were crazy about reading - they always had a book in their hand. - C. Hartwig, Assistant Principal, Norwood Park school

[Battle of the Books] helped me gain back the fun of reading! - Christian A.The best part of [Battle of the Books] was meeting the author Sally Walker! - Serenity T.
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Battle of the Books has changed the amount of books I read. Before B.O.B. I rarely picked up a book, now I love to read! - Idallys, Farnsworth school


Grade 4-6 Overall City Finals
Champion Teams 2016!
Grade 7/8 Overall City Finals
Champion Teams 2016!
1st Place: Decatur Classical
Coaches: Erin Cole and Katherine Thomas

Principal: Susan Kukielka
Network: 2
1st Place: Farnsworth
Coaches: Breege Feley and Kristin Stephens
Principal: Mrs. Barbara OKen
Network: 1
2nd Place: Newberry
Coaches: Karina Wietholter
Principal: Linda Foley
Network: 4
2nd Place: Agassiz
Coaches: Calli Leventis
Principal: Mira Weber
Network: 4
3rd Place: Jackson Language Academy
Coaches: Kathy Meyers
Principal: Marilou Rebolledo
Network: 6
3rd Place: Chicago Virtual Charter School
Coaches: Kary Muller Batchelder
Principal: Elizabeth Roth
Network: Charter
Enthusiasm for reading comes from reading for fun( as shown to me by my team)!
Coach Stephens, Farnsworth School

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City Finalists are the 30 teams that received the top scores on the online qualifying battle and will represent their schools at the City Finals on Saturday, May 7th.

SCHOOL NAME
Coach(es) Name(s)
Principal
School Network
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Academy for Global Citizenship
Meredith McNamara
Jenn Moore
Charter
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Agassiz
Calli Leventis
Mira Weber
Network 4
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Bell
E. Aldrin
S. Caudill
Network 4
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Decatur Classical School
Erin Cole and Katherine
Thomas
Ms. Kukielka
Network 2
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Disney, Walt Magnet School
Ms. Rowe and Ms. Herceg
Dr. Hagstrom
ISP
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Earle STEM
Ms. E. Butler
Mr. C. Petties
Network 11
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Edgebrook Elementary
Donna Puccini and Andrea Metzl
Chad Weiden
ISP
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Jackson, Andrew Language Academy
Kathy Meyers
Marilou Rebolledo
Network 6
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Kanoon School
Elsa Prieto
Dr. Gonzalez
Network 7
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Kinzie Elementary
Patty Allison
Dawn Caetta
ISP
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
LaSalle Language Academy
Lorena Lopez
Beth Bazer
Network 4
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Mayer, Oscar
Emily Schaffer
Katie Konieczny
Network 4
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Newberry Academy
Karina Wietholter
Linda Foley
Network 4
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Ray, William H. Elementary
Linda Sue Collins
Megan Thole
Network 9
Grade 4-6 City Finalist
Salazar Bilingual Center
Susan Echeverria
Ms. Jimenez
Network 6


School Name
COACH
Principal
Network
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
Agassiz
Calli Leventis
Mira Weber
4
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
Chicago Virtual Charter School
Kary Muller Batchelder
Elizabeth Ross
Charter
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
CICS Wrightwood
Mr. Lee
Ms. Gibson
Charter
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
Coonley
Nora Wiltse
Greg Zurawski
2
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
Disney, Walt Magnet School
Ms. Rowe and Mr. Fernandez
Dr. Hagstrom
ISP
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
Ebinger
Cathy Hayden
Serena Peterson-Klosa
1
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
Farnsworth
Breege Feley and Kristin Stephens
Barbara Oken
1
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
Garvy, John W.
Paula Akers
Julie McGlade
1
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
Jackson Language Academy
Ms. Knibbs
Marilou Rebolledo
6
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
LaSalle II
Deirdre Keane
Dr. Albani
6
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
LaSalle Language Academy
Ms. Andalcio
Dr. Bazer
4
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
Peirce
Tiffany Brugman
Lori Zaimi
2
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
South Loop
Sharon Khurana, Lisa Martin-Eatinger
Tara Shelton
ISP
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
Taft
Vanessa Munoz and Barbara Lynch
Mark Grishaber
1
Grade 7-8 City Finalist
Ward, J.
Denise Rewers
Karen Anderson
6

Network winners received the highest scores in their networks and will receive trophies for their schools!
GRADE 4-6 Network Winners
SCHOOL
GRADE 4-6 TEAM COACH(es)
Principal
Network 1
Norwood Park School
Leslie Martyn & Nada Cuvalo
Renee Blahuta
Network 2
Decatur Classical School
Erin Cole and Katherine Thomas
Ms. Kukielka
Network 3
Falconer, Laughlin
Lisa Warchol and Christina Rockrohr
Mr. James Cosme
Network 4 (Tied)
Agassiz
Calli Leventis
Mira Weber
Network 4 (Tied)
Newberry Academy
Karina Wietholter
Linda Foley
Network 5
n/a
n/a
n/a
Network 6
Salazar Bilingual Center
Susan Echeverria
Ms. Jimenez
Network 7
Kanoon School
Elsa Prieto
Dr. Gonzalez
Network 8
Nightingale, Florence
Deborah Essig
Margaret Kouretsos
Network 9
Ray, William H. Elementary
Linda Sue Collins
Megan Thole
Network 10
Byrne
Mrs. Mary Beth Corbin
Mrs. Chantel Angeletti
Network 11
Earle STEM
Ms. E. Butler
Mr. C. Petties
Network 12
Black, Robert A.
Rebecca Dowling
Andrew McIntosh
Network 13
Poe Classical
Ms. Martha Wilkins
Mr. Dockery
Network Charter
Academy for Global Citizenship
Meredith McNamara
Jenn Moore
Network ISP
Edgebrook Elementary
Donna Puccini and Andrea Metzl
Chad Weiden
GRADE 7-8 Network Winners
SCHOOL
Grade 7-8 TEAM COACH(es)
PRINCIPAL
Network 1
Farnsworth
Breege Feley and Kristin Stephens
Barbara Oken
Network 2
Coonley
Nora Wiltse
Greg Zurawski
Network 3
Burbank
Carolyn Sauer
Dr. Broyls
Network 4
Agassiz
Calli Leventis
Mira Weber
Network 5
Yates
Jeff McCarthy
Mrs. Green
Network 6
Jackson Language Academy
Ms. Knibbs
Marilou Rebolledo
Network 7
Saucedo
Danielle D'Amore Klein
Isamar Vargas
Network 8
Nightingale
Anne Rohan
Margaret Kouretsos
Network 9
Murray
Eileen Holzhauer
Greg Mason
Network 10
Lee
Kathleen Bourret
Lisa Epstein
Network 11
Cook
T. Congious-Gant
N. Gharashor
Network 12
n/a
n/a
n/a
Network 13
Clay
Mrs. Ceretto
Mrs. Laurincik
Charter
Chicago Virtual Charter School
Kary Muller Batchelder
Elizabeth Ross
ISP
South Loop
Sharon Khurana, Lisa Martin-Eatinger
Tara Shelton



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2016 City Finals T-shirt design contest winner!
Annabelle Garcia, 8th grader at Jane Addams Elementary School
181 teams are participating in the 2016 Battle of the Books from 118 Chicago Public Schools!
Did your school participate this year?

Academy for Global Citizenship
Addams, Jane
Agassiz
Alcott ES College Prep
Armstrong, George
Azuela, Mariano
Barton
Bateman
Bell
Black, Robert A.
Blaine, James G.
Brown, W
Burbank, Luther
Byrne
Camras
Carnegie, Andrew
Carroll-Rosenwald
Carson, Rachel
Chicago Virtual Charter School
CICS Irving Park
CICS Wrightwood
Clay
Columbus
Cook, John W.
Coonley Elementary
Corkery
Cuffe
Davis, Nathan
De Diego, Jose
Decatur Classical School
Dett, Robert N.
Disney II Magnet School
Disney, Walt Magnet School
Dore, John C.
Earle STEM
Ebinger
Edgebrook Elementary
Esmond
Everett
Falconer, Laughlin
Farnsworth
Flagg, Ella Young
Foster Park
Galileo
Garvy
Gillespie
Goethe Elementary
Goudy School
Greeley, Horace
Greene, Nathanael
Grissom
Haley Academy
Hawthorne Scholastic Academy
Healy, Robert
Hearst
Henderson, Charles Academy
Hernandez, Irene C. Middle School
Hitch
Holden
Hurley
Hurley
Jackson, Andrew Language Academy
Jenner Academy of the Arts
Kanoon School
Kershaw, Joshua
Kinzie Elementary
Langford, Anna Elementary
LaSalle II
LaSalle Language Academy
Lavizzo
Lee, R.H.
Lenart
Libby
Lindblom, Robert
Mayer, Oscar
McAuliffe
McKay, Francis M.
McPherson, James B
Mozart,Wolfgang A.
Murphy, John B.
Murray Language Academy
Nettelhorst Elementary School
Newberry Academy
Nicholson
Nightingale, Florence
Nobel, Alfred
Norwood Park School
Otis, James World Language Academy
Peirce, Helen C.
Poe Classical
Providence Englewood Charter School
Pulaski
Randolph, A. Philip
Ray, William H. Elementary
Reavis
Reilly, Frank W.
Reinberg, Peter
Salazar Bilingual Center
Saucedo, Maria
Sherwood
Smyth, John M. Magnet School
South Loop Elementary
Spry, John
Suder Montessori
Swift
Taft High School
Thorp, O.A. Scholastic Academy
Von Linne, Carl Elementary School
Wadsworth STEM
Walsh
Ward, James
Washington, George
Waters, Thomas J.
Wells Prep Academy Elementary School
Whitney, Eli
Yates, Richard
Young, Whitney High School
Zapata Academy
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"I believe [Battle of the Books] has a lot of value. Many of the books we read overlapped with things we were learning in school." - Genevieve, Team member
"Incredible incentive for building comprehension and desire to read." - Betsy C., Teacher

"[Battle of the Books] was so suspenseful and joy-filled!! It shows that reading can and IS fun and we should be thankful for books." - Ibraheem K., Team Captain

"You remember stuff better and you read good books that you never would have read or known existed!" - Ella, Team member
"I came to the U.S. two years ago. I was a very slow English reader. Now I can read a book in a day!" - Liel, Agassiz Elementary

"We all felt so excited that we almost fainted!" - Shannon, Decatur Classical

"I learned how effective reading was to my life and how much us students had in common!"- Sosna G., Swift Elementary

"I have been participating in the Battle of the Books for 5 years and now my team won 1st Place!" - Student, Goudy Elementary

"As a parent, I read many of the books in order to write practice questions. I really enjoyed them and I could talk with my child about them," - Parent, Agassiz Elementary

"We have a Principal's Book Club and use Battle of the Books selections. It's the high point of my week...Thank you for doing this, we love it!" - Principal Reese, Hitch Elementary

"[Battle of the Books] made me a better person." - Stephen D., Solomon School

Since I got my computer, I didn't read as much as I used to, but the Battle of the Books got me back on track again." - Tikal R., Pritzker School
For my free time I wasn't just watching TV, I was reading books! - Brianna M., Sauganash School"I learned to absorb the details more so I can understand the books." - Nicole C., Blaine School
" I read more, developed more interest in different genres and have a love for reading. Thank you for this program - Brenda, Swift School
"[Participating in the Battle of the Books] makes me think more about author's motives. I met the American Girl author and she gave me some good advice." - Gabrielle O., Farnsworth School
"I read more and like books more. Battle of the Books is Awesome!!!!!" - Anais R., Scammon School

Grades 4-6:
*Enjoy these customized, multimedia, online resources about the books and authors associated with the 2014 Battle of the Books, courtesy of TeachingBooks.net

Grades 7-8:

*Enjoy these customized, multimedia, online resources about the books and authors associated with the 2014 Battle of the Books, courtesy of TeachingBooks.net
Book Discussion Techniques
Fostering Engaging and Active Discussions in Middle School Classrooms
http://literacyuncc.pbworks.com/f/Fostering%20Engaging%20(BT).pdf
Raising Urban Students' Literacy Achievement by Engaging in Authentic Challenging Work
http://www.corp.epals.com/assets/downloads/RTarticle.pdf
Book Club Ideas for Tweens and Families
http://tweenparenting.about.com/od/afterschoolactivities/a/TweenBookClub.htm
Read, Write, Think.org - How to Encourage Higher Order Thinking
http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/tips-howtos/encourage-higher-order-thinking-30624.html

Click here for previous Practice Battles to see sample questions -> http://bit.ly/15O9qyU

In 2010, Mayor Richard M. Daley welcomed nearly 1,400 students to the fifth annual Elementary Battle of the Books at the Chicago Vocational Career Academy High School “Books open up doors and allow us to experience places and situations outside of our normal everyday lives. They inspire our imaginations and take us on wonderful journeys,” the Mayor said. “I can’t stress enough the importance of reading. Reading is the key to enhancing education, stimulating creativity and ensuring a positive, successful future for all of you.” - Mayor Richard M. Daley April 17, 2010 at the CPS Battle of the Books
http://mayor.cityofchicago.org/mayor/en/press_room/press_releases/2010/april_2010/0417_battle_of_books.html

Check out the wonderful Chicago Works television video about the Elementary Battle oft he Books program 2010 available on YouTube. (YouTube must be accessed from home computers.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-rDvx3aSJI
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"I usually read a lot, but Battle of the Books got me reading even more!!!"
Please contact Dorsey Chambers at DJChambers-Malewi@cps.edu or (773) 553-6218 for additional information, to donate a set of books to a team or to volunteer to help with the Battle of the Books.

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Cuffe Team with the first place grade 4/6 EBOB trophy! Photo by Team Coach Pat Scott

Media Consent Forms in English, Spanish and Polish

http://cps.edu/About_CPS/Departments/Pages/OfficeOfCommunications.aspx

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Please consider volunteering for our 12th Annual Battle of the Books City Finals Event on Saturday, April 29th! Teams of wonderful CPS students and their coaches have been busy preparing for the Battle of the Books online qualifying competitions in April. The top scoring 30 teams will advance to the live City Finals event on Saturday morning, April 29th, 2017.

Click this link to Volunteer to help at the City Finals event on Saturday, April 29th! City Finals Volunteer Form


Battle of the Books T-shirt Design Contest!
Dear Battle of the Books Coaches,
We would like to feature student artwork on the Battle of the Books City Finals 2017 T-shirts!
Who is eligible?
Students in grades 4-8, currently participating in the 2017 Battle of the Books program may participate in the design contest.

What is theme of the Design contest?
Designs that encourage or celebrate reading or participating in the Battle of the Books will be considered.

How many designs may each school submit?
Each coach may send in up to 1 entry per participating student
The entries will not be returned.

  • The design should be drawn with a marker with a thicker line.
  • Students may use no more than 3 colors in their design.
  • Please ask student artists to write their name on the front of their design.
  • Please write the students’ name, grade and school name on the back of the art.
  • Designs must be original artwork. No clip art may be included in the design.
  • The text "Battle of the Books City Finals 2017" does not need to be included in the design.
  • We reserve the right to adjust student designs as necessary.
  • Designs may be submitted on any kind of white paper.
  • Designs should be sent in the mail run by Feb. 14th, Valentine's Day, to be sure they are received by Feb. 21st.
  • The winning artist will have her or his design featured on the City Finals t-shirts and will receive several free t-shirts to keep
Where do you send your entries?
Please drop off or send the art through the mail run to:
Dorsey Chambers GSR / Mail Run #39
CPS Bridgeport Office
Dorsey Chambers - 1st Floor - 222
501 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60616



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