Battle of the Books

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    Battle of the Books is a voluntary statewide program for reading motivation and comprehension sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries.  The goals are to encourage reading for enjoyment, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote cooperative learning. 

     

    For more information on the Battle of the Books, including videos of past battles, please visit the official website:

     

    http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/

     

    The Battle of the Books program at Winterhaven is now run by parent volunteers.  And volunteers are always needed!  If you are interested in helping with the Battle of the Books, please contact Jule or Erin:

    Elementary division: Julie Rentsch   julierentsch@gmail.com

    Middle School division: Erin McGarry   erin.mcgarry07@gmail.com

     

     

Elementary Battles

  • BATTLE OF THE BOOKS-ELEMENTARY 
     
    Team signups were completed November 1st, and we have 11 elementary teams ready to battle!  We have several copies of each book in the Winterhaven Library for your teams to check out; hopefully they are well into reading at this point, and working on memorizing book titles and author names.  Each team will get 2 mock battles to be held the weeks of January 13th and 20th, in the Winterhaven Library between 9:00 and 9:40am.  The schedules will be posted outside the library, or ask your team's coach for the details.  Official OBOB competition battles begin the week of January 27th, extending through the end of February.  Again, all schedules will be posted outside the library, and sent to the team coaches.  The final battle is at 2:30pm on February 26, in the Winterhaven Auditorium (donuts for all competitors to follow!)  Spectators welcome!
     
    All teams need a parent coach to help organize and oversee team meetings, which is when team members talk about the books, practice answering questions, etc.  To be ready for the battle you will need to practice!  You'll need to memorize the title of each book and the author's name as it appears on the official OBOB list.  Everyone on the team should also know something about each book - where it takes place, and when; who are the main characters; what happens, etc.  It's also fun to make up your own questions!  Now is the time to read, read, read - mock battles will start in January, and the real battles will take place in February.  Good luck to all the teams!
     
    Elementary School Contact:  Julie Rentsch  julierentsch@gmail.com
     
     

Middle School Battles

  • BATTLE OF THE BOOKS-MIDDLE SCHOOL

    We are so excited to have 11 Middle School teams signed up this year!  The books are flying off the shelves as soon as they come in, which is so fun to see!  Mock battles will begin the week of January 13th and actual battles begin January 20th extending through February.  The final battle is 2:30pm February 27th for Middle School.  We need an extra parent volunteer at every battle, so please send Erin McGarry an e-mail if you are free at the lunch hour any day in January or February and are interested in helping.  Thanks for encouraging your children to join, it's a really great group of books this year!

    All teams need a parent coach to help organize and oversee team meetings, which is when team members talk about the books, practice answering questions, etc. To be ready for the battles you will need to practice! You'll need to memorize the title of each book and the author's name as it appears on the official OBOB list. It's helpful if everyone on the team knows something about each book - where and when it takes place, who the main characters are, what happens, etc.  It's also fun to write your own questions!  There will be a bulletin board in the library with some practice questions, so if you'd like to test your knowledge, come in and take a look.  Mock battles will start in January - teams will need come in to the library to sign up for a mock battle.  The real battles will start in February.  Good luck to all the teams!

     

    Middle School Contact:  Erin McGarry  erin.mcgarry07@gmail.com