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Battle of the Books

created using World Cup 2014 template
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Battle of    the Books

Materials

Multiple copies of each book

Ballots for voting

Bracket

Bulletin board to post and update bracket

Grades 4-8

Create a tournament-style bracket (think NCAA March Madness) and pick multiple sets of books to compete. A group of students reads each of the two books that are battling and then votes on their favorite of the two.

The winner moves on to battle the winner of another group of two books that went head to head.

For example:

Group A reads

Bridge to Terabithia

and

Big Nate.

They vote for their favorite

Big Nate and Hoot

win.

Meanwhile, Group B reads

Hoot

and

Surviving the Applewhites.

Now, all members of Group A read and all members of Group B read

Instructions

Big Nate

Hoot.

The combined groups vote for

Hoot.

The NCAA bracket begins with 68 teams. Battle of the Books can start with 32, 16, 8, or as many books as you like. You can fill in the bracket over the course of the year to give students time to read all the books.

Why It Works

Helps students think critically about books Encourages students to try new books & discover genres Engages staff, community members, and parents

Source: http://battleofthebooks.slj.com/about-2/