My students need a copy of 10 different books so we can compete in Battle of the Books in the spring. They also need post-it notes for active thinking as they read.
My students are so in love with reading that many of them have joined our Battle of the Books team this year. Battle of the Books is an after school book club where hundreds of 4-8th graders read the same twenty books. Over the next few months school teams discuss and quiz each other on book knowledge and understanding. Then in April all participating schools take a field trip to compete with each other for the honor of winning Chicago's Battle of the Books.
I am coaching the 4-6th grade team this year and have purchased most of the books myself already. My students are currently tearing through them and we've had several meetings about our findings. It's just so wonderful to see kids totally excited about reading and talking about books. This is what creates life long learners!
I have one student in particular who shocked me when he joined the team. He is a special education student who has always disliked school very much because he is a very poor reader. This year his attendance, classroom participation and classwork have improved significantly and have really been outstanding. The other week he asked me, "So we don't have to read out loud to join the team, but just read the books?" I was gleefully speechless that he wanted to stay after school to participate. Then I bought some books on CD for him so he could listen while he read and so he could fully participate.
As I mentioned before, I bought several of the books on the list myself, because I wanted my students to get to begin reading right after our first meeting. They all selected a book that interested them and received a pack of post it notes and a Battle of the Books notebook so they could write down possible questions so we could quiz each other later.
I have already had so many parents thank me for getting their kids to love reading so much that they wanted to join an after school literary team. I have had a parent actually postpone their family move to Wisconsin until the spring because her daughter wanted to participate in Battle of the Books so badly. This is a wonderful program, but I really need the other books before the kids have read the ones I have.
Your contribution will bring an incredible kind of enrichment to students of all ability levels who all desperately want to read and talk about books. They are so energized and excited about sharing their knowledge with others. Thanks so very much for your support of Donors Choose! You rock for even being on this website.
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