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[Battle of the Books] helped me gain back the fun of reading! - Christian A.
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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 below to register a team for the 2019 Battle of the Books Program!

2019 Battle of the Books Registration Link


2019 First Five titles

Coach survey

Student survey

Parent Surveys


2018 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.

September 1: Complete 2018 book lists posted to the wiki.

November - January:
Procure a set of books. Begin meeting with team members regularly, ensuring access to books as they become available.
Share the TeachingBooks.net resources to inspire further reading. Collect questions from team members as they read, for practice battles in your school.
Coaches read at least one book and write 20 questions about the book. Coaches submit 20 questions to template.
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 2018 Battle of the Books T-shirt contest. Designs must be received by February 14th. 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 19th. 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 20th: 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 21st: 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.
March 23rd: City Finalist Teams and Network Winners announced!
Sat. April 21st: 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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CPS Student Video - Battle of the Books Is Fun! - Beaubien Elementary Battle Team 2018
2019 Official Title Lists will be posted September 1st, 2018!

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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 2018 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:
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  • 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



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This experience has just made me love to read even more. - Nicole C., Blaine school

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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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
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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
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[Battle of the Books] helped me gain back the fun of reading! - Christian A. We were crying from happiness! - Disney II Student
T-Shirt Design contest winner!Congratulations to Courtney Hau, an 8th grader at Healy elementary school, who won the CPS Battle of the Books t-shirt design competition. City finalists and volunteers will be wearing t-shirts with her design at the City Finals!!!

Enthusiasm for reading comes from reading for fun( as shown to me by my team)!
Coach Stephens, Farnsworth School

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Congratulations 2018 CPS Elementary Battle of the Books City-Wide Champions!!!!
During the 2017/2018 school year, 148 student teams from 97 Schools across the city participated in the CPS Elementary Battle of the Books Program! Teams of students read and answered questions about 21 books in online qualifying competitions. Congratulations to all participating teams! On Saturday April 21st, the top-scoring 30 teams participated in a live City Finals competition, cheered on by family and friends.


2019 Battle of the Books Registration Link


2019 First Five titles
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Grade 4-6 City-Wide Champions
Grades 4-6
School
Coaches
Principal
1st Place
Sauganash Elementary School
Jessica Hadfield
Christine Munns
2nd Place
Edison Regional Gifted Center
Sarah Suway
Karen Valentine
3rd Place
Edgebrook Elementary
Donna Puccini
Camille Unger

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Grade 7-8 City-Wide Champions


Grades 7-8
School
Coach
Principal
1st Place
Lane Tech Academic Center
Elizabeth Cramarosso
Brian Tennison
2nd Place
South Loop Elementary
Lisa Martin-Eatinger and Ann Kaminski
Tara Shelton
3rd Place
Beaubien Elementary
Paula Wyatt, Mary Beth Steigerwald, Jennifer Axelsen
Michelle Ludford






2018 CPS Elementary Battle of the Books City Finalists and Network Winners
City Finalists
*City Finalists are the teams that received the top scores on the online qualifying battles and represented their schools at the City Finals competition at the Little Village Lawndale High School Campus on Saturday, April 21st 2018 from 10:00AM-12:00 Noon

The schools listed below received the highest overall scores for their grade level and will compete in the live City Finals Battle of the Books event on Saturday, April 21st at Little Village Lawndale High School Campus at 10:00 AM.


Grade 4-6 CITY FINALIST Schools
Network
Coaches
Academy for Global Citizenship
Charter
Meredith McNamara
Alcott
Network 4
Jennifer Benson
Chappell
Network 2
Sarah Hagen
Disney II Elementary
Network 1
Bonnie Hoffman & Lynne Wagner Rhodes
Disney, Walt Magnet School
ISP
Gundry Rowe, Stefanie Herceg and Ms. Albarran
Edgebrook Elementary
Network 1
Mrs.Puccinni
Edison Regional Gifted Center
Network 1
Sarah Suway
Falconer
Network 3
Lisa Warchol and Christina Bartik
Hawthorne Scholastic Academy
Network 4
Lies Garner, Deters, Sagami
Healy, Robert
Network 6
Luisa Santos
Jackson, Andrew Language Academy
Network 6
Mrs.Gonzalez
LaSalle Language Academy
Network 4
Ms. Lopez and Ms. Murphy
Lenart RGC
ISP
Ms. Smolen
Mayer, Oscar
Network 4
Talia Delpino and Alyssa Shibona
Sauganash Elementary
Network 1
Jessica Hadfield

The schools listed below received the highest overall scores for their grade level and will compete in the live City Finals Battle of the Books event on Saturday, April 21st at Little Village Lawndale High School Campus at 10:00 AM.

Grade 7-8 CITY FINALIST Schools
Network
Coaches
Academy for Global Citizenship
Charter
Meredith McNamara
Agassiz, Louis
ISP
Calli Leventis
Alcott
Network 4
Jennifer Benson
Beaubien
Network 1
Wyatt, Axelsen, Steigerwald
Burbank, Luther
Network 3
Ms. Sauer
Chappell
Network 2
Faith Bejar
Ebinger, Christian
ISP
Cathy Hayden
Healy, Robert
Network 6
Noreen Aderman
Kinzie Elementary
ISP
Amanda Boyle; Patty Allison
Lane Tech Academic Center
Network 4
Elizabeth Cramarosso
LaSalle Language Academy
Network 4
June Andalcio
Newberry Academy
Network 4
Karina Brand
Peirce, Helen C.
Network 2
Tiffany Brugman
Sauganash Elementary
Network 1
Biesty-Kurzydlo
South Loop Elementary
ISP
Lisa Martin-Eatinger, Ann Kaminski

Network Winners
The schools listed below received the highest scores of all the schools in their Network and will receive a Network trophy through the Mail Run.​
Grade 4-6 NETWORK WINNER Schools
Network
Coaches
Edgebrook Elementary
Network 1
Mrs.Puccinni
Chappell
Network 2
Sarah Hagen
Falconer
Network 3
Lisa Warchol and Christina Bartik
Mayer, Oscar
Network 4
Talia Delpino and Alyssa Shibona
n/a
Network 5
n/a
Healy, Robert
Network 6
Luisa Santos
Corkery
Network 7
Cath Garrity
Nightingale, Florence
Network 8
Debbie Essig
Ray, William H. Elem
Network 9
Linda Sue Collins
Stevenson Elementary
Network 10
Laura Ward and Bozena Wasilewsk
Earle STEM Academy
Network 11
Ms. Butler
Pirie
Network 12
Stacie Bell
Washington, George
Network 13
Anne Minard
Casals School of Excellence
AUSL
Sarah Reardon
Academy for Global Citizenship
Charter
Meredith McNamara
Disney, Walt Magnet School
ISP
Gundry Rowe, Stefanie Herceg and Ms. Albarran
​The schools listed below received the highest scores of all the schools in their Network and will receive a Network trophy through the Mail Run.​

Grade 7-8 NETWORK WINNER Schools
Network
Coach
Beaubien
Network 1
Paula Wyatt, Axelsen, Steigerwald
Peirce, Helen C.
Network 2
Tiffany Brugman
Burbank, Luther
Network 3
Ms. Sauer
Lane Tech Academic Center
Network 4
Elizabeth Cramarosso
n/a
Network 5
n/a
Healy, Robert
Network 6
Noreen Aderman
Saucedo, Maria
Network 7
Danielle Klein
Nightingale, Florence
Network 8
Nancy Heil
Murray Language Academy
Network 9
Eileen Holzhauer
Byrne
Network 10
Mary Beth Corbin
Fulton, Robert
Network 11
Ms. Andrea Parker
Washington, Harold
Network 12
Sharnetta Klyce
Washington, George
Network 13
Cheryl Strus
Casals School of Excellence
AUSL
Teresa Chavez
Academy for Global Citizenship
Charter
Meredith McNamara
Kinzie Elementary
ISP
Amanda Boyle, Patty Allison
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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
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

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!!!"
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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 21st! 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


English Media Release Form

Spanish Media Release Form

Polish Media Release Form



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.