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Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books


The purpose of the Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the middle school level.  The game format has a Jeopardy type atmosphere which you answer with the author and title of the book.

Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base. Even during the height of the competition, students and coaches should remember that the goal is to READ, not necessarily to win! 


The book selection usually has 26 or 27 books in a wide variety of levels and genre.  The team could have up to 12 students.  The final team will be selected according to attendance, reading the books, and showing you have comprehended the material by answering questions.  Competition is the beginning of March.




 What to expect when you are wanting to be a part of Battle of the Books team:

 * Attend meetings and keep in mind they will be after school from 3 to 3:45. The time and dates are on the school website on the calendar. Meetings will be on Tuesday.   This is to give all the members time to read the books they selected. 

 *  Meetings are important to build team playing abilities and the whole team needs to be at these

 What Battle of the Books Meetings are comprised of:

 ·     Going over Flash Cards of the Authors and Titles

 ·     Discussing the various titles, once enough members have read the books.

 ·     Brainstorming on large sheets of paper: writing down facts or dialogue from the book. The titles will be written at the top of the sheet.

 ·     Make booktalks and voice thread them on Destiny for others to hear.

 ·     Having questions from the variety of books that are answered with the author and title, after enough members have read their books.



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1. A team will consist of a maximum of 12 members with 6 members allowed to play during a round.

2. The moderator will flip a coin before the first game to determine which team has the first question. Thereafter, the rounds will alternate between teams.

3. A round will consist of 12 questions.

4. The moderator will read each question once and will repeat it once upon the request of the team member assigned the question.

5. The moderator will say the team member's name, state the question, and repeat the team member's name to start the 20 second time.

6. Two (2) points for each correct book title.   "a," "an" and "the" are disregarded and  one (1) bonus point for the name of the author.

7. If a team fails to answer the question correctly within the allotted time, the question will be read again and addressed to the next player in sequence on the opposing team, who will have 10 seconds in which to begin the answer.

8. Each team will compete with all other teams. The highest cumulative score at the end of all rounds will be declared the WINNER.

f. Once the judges have reached their decision, the coordinator will relay the form to the moderator who will then announce the challenge and decision to the audience, and the battle will resume.

g. The judges' decision is FINAL.

12. If there is audible prompting from the audience, the question will be disqualified.

13. There will be no entering or exiting the competition area during a round.

14. To maintain the integrity of the questions and the yearly competitions, video taping of an entire competition is not allowed.

15. The state competition will consist of the one winning team from each region. Teams may only compete in one regional competition.

Guidelines for Writing Questions

1. Begin each question with "In which book..."

2. Use present tense, if possible, and correct grammar.

3. Proper names should not be used.

4. Type the title and author as they appear on the official booklist.

5. Type the page number for the answer .

6. Avoid using words from the title.

7. Refrain from obvious questions.

8. Avoid questions that can be answered by more than one title.

9. Review each question to ensure all the criteria have been met. (Are they clear, concise, and correct?)