Battle of the Books Club
We'd love for you to join us!
The Battle of the Books Team meets once a month in September, October & November, and meets every Tuesday - 3:20 - 4:30 - starting early December and ending with the February competition. Starting late January, we will start meeting on Thursday afternoons, too!
- Sign-up for Books (and 20 questions per book) here.
- Adult Readers and Team members, submit questions here.
- Author Pronunciation Audio Clips here.
If you enjoy reading and LOVE competition, The Battle of the Books club may be for you.
The purpose of the Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the middle school level. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading. 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! (taken from the NC School Library Media Association webpage)
At WMMS, any student in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades may participate.
- September 13 3:20 - 4:30
- October 11 3:20 - 4:30
- November 7 3:20 - 4:30
- From December 12 until the competition in February, all members meet together every Tuesday after school for quizzing, competitions, and book discussions.
Students will become "experts" on at least 6 books prior to the district competition, with a goal of there being an "expert" on every book in the competition. So that we have plenty of questions to practice for competition, club members should write at least 10 questions for each of the books that they are assigned. The questions should start "In which book...." This is the format of the actual competition. The answer is always the full title and author of the book. By students submitting questions, it gives us more questions to use in our weekly practice, and also helps them focus on details, keeping in mind that the questions in the competition are not generally obvious. The competition questions almost always are focused on the finer details in the book that are not always remembered unless the students have read the books closely.
We take 10-12 students to competition; therefore, students will take two tests in December to determine the students with the most content knowledge about this year's books.
On December 12, all students will take a title/author quiz. They will be given either the title or the author, and they will fill-in-the-blank with the other. (In competition, students must answer each question with the full title and the author's full name, thus the importance of Titles and Author's being well-memorized.
On December 19, all club members will take a quiz that focuses on the six books that they are assigned -- six questions each. They will have 6-10 other questions that come from any of the other books, thus it is an advantage for students to read as many of the books on the list as possible.