My grade 6/7 RTI group requested that we do Battle of the Books for the second term. Modeled after School Library Journal’s battle, Strathcona’s Battle of the Books is much like a badminton tournament. The thirty kids in our group selected 16 novels, and each group of 3 or 4 students read two books and selected a winner. In round two, the winners battle each other and so on and so on until four rounds later . . . we have a winner. We are still in Round Two, but check out the diagram below to see how it works.
Things that worked:
- high student engagement
- excitement about the books
- many students read books in the battle but not part of their group
- lots of great discussions about the books, who should win and why
- NOT ENOUGH BOOKS
- some students did not complete the reading on time which created big delays
- delays dampened the excitement
- some kids wanted to spend a lot of time discussing and some wanted to do none or very little
What would I do differently?
- have the funding for enough books!
- have a back up activity/plan for the kids who didn’t complete their reading
- kids blog about their choices