My position is the school librarian and I serve approximately 450 students from Pre-K to 8th grade. Many of my students have special needs.
All students attend weekly one-hour library classes where students are taught to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.
Many of our students don't have a way of getting to the public library and look to the school library to provide all the books and technology. Our students are from low-income families. All students receive free breakfast and almost all receive a free lunch.
Unfortunately, as a result of the current budget crisis, our school does not have the funds to purchase the required materials for the library.
My students need books for Battle of the Books. Battle of the Books teams is comprised of students in 2 categories: 5-6th grade and 7th-8th grade. Each division will have a separate reading list. I am asking for the first 5 books for each grade category. Students that sign up to compete in Battle of the Books will check out copies of books from the school library so they can prepare.
Students are encouraged to write questions about books read.
Questions will then be used for an in-depth conversation during book club meetings and preparation for the online Spring competition where students will answer questions about the books. The highest scoring teams will advance to the City Finals live competition.
Participation in the Battle of the Books program exposes students to great literature, encourages cooperation and teamwork and gets them excited about reading!
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