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Battle of the Books Timeline

Battle of the Books is an extracurricular academic reading activity for fourth and fifth grade students who enjoy reading challenges and competition.  Its purpose is to foster the enjoyment of reading high quality books and to come together in friendly competition answering questions about the books with other students while practicing good “readermanship.”

 June 1, 2016

·       Distribute 2016-2017 booklist to librarians and coaches for summer reading.  Books are available at Kenosha Public Library and Barnes & Noble.

 August 2016             

·       Introduce and promote the 2016-2017 Battle of the Books during the elementary school Open House.

 September - October  2016

·       Battle of the Books begins!    

·       Release Battle of the Books Tournament information and booklist to interested students.

·       Obtain principal’s approval.

·       Determine coaches (teachers, librarians, staff, parents, college and high school students).

·       Set team meeting dates and times.

·       Arrange an initial introduction meeting for interested students.

·       Send home information, expectations, booklist, and permission slip.

 November 1, 2016 (Deadline)   

·       Submit Battle of the Books registration on the website and send the $20.00 fee (cash or check) to Christine O'Regan, ESC/IMC 3600 52nd Street Kenosha, WI, 53144 or via KUSD in-district mail.  Make checks out to KUSD Battle of the Books.

 November 2016 – March 2017

               ·      Introduce Battle of the Books Trailblazer Poster and Video Contests.

               ·       Begin Trailblazer Poster and Video Contests 

               ·       Hold practice sessions.

·       Work with team (coaches and students) to write questions for Tournament Battles (Questions should focus on story elements (setting, characters, problem, events, and solutions).  See format and instructions on the question submission form.  Submit questions using the online form.  Questions are due on January 20, 2017.

·       Develop strategies for Tournament Battles.  See Coaches’ Page on the website for strategies.

·       Read and practice!

·       Conduct mock battles, review rules and scoring.

·       Read and practice!

·       Arrange for transportation to Battle of the Books Tournament.

·       Send home permission slips for the Battle of the Books Tournament.

·       Read and practice!

 December 2016 – January 2017

·       Announce theme and request suggestions for the 2017 -2018 Battle of the Books booklist.

·       Create booklist for 2018 Battle of the Books Tournament.

January 20, 2017 (Deadline)      

·       Battle of the Books Questions due.  See format and instructions on Battle of the Books Website.                  

 February 3, 2017(Deadline)     

               ·       Submit Team Membership list online (Up to 10 members - six key players and four alternate players).    

·       Submit Trailblazers posters and/or video to Christine O’Regan in the Library Media Office at the Educational Support Center, 3600 52nd Street, Kenosha, WI. 53142

 March Madness Begins!

 March 3, 2017 - Nash Elementary School, 4:00-6:30pm                

·       Conduct first five battles of Battle of the Books.

·       Vote for Top Five March Madness Books.

 March 10, 2017 - Nash Elementary School, 4:00-7:30pm(approximately)

·       Conduct second five battles of Battle of the Books.

·       Hold Parade of Teams and Celebration of the reading of great books and friendly competition. The parade will begin at 6:30pm.

·       Announce Trailblazer Poster and Video Winners and Top Five March Madness Books.

 May – June 2017

               ·       Survey Coaches, Team Members, and Parents.

·       Announce and release of the 2017 -2018 Battle of the Books booklist to schools, coaches, and students for summer reading.

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