‘Battle’ gets students reading

The 2009 Battle of the Books champions “The Black Flames” pose. Team members are Wendolyn Hannum, Maggie Walker, Sam Reding, Conrad Hellman and Elizabeth Barr, along with their parent volunteer, Linda Reding.

By Sharon Groene

Research has shown that students are spending less time reading for pleasure, but Holy Trinity students aren’t.

Some third- through sixth-grade students are on a quest to read 44 books in about a month in “Battle of the Books.” This is an opportunity to participate in an academic competition much like a sporting one. The activity provides an opportunity for students to interact with each other in the reading process and the competition. The activity promotes teamwork and cooperation among the team members.

The students are placed on teams and read from a list of books. These books provide a challenge for the students and expose them to a variety of genres. Each team meets periodically with a team coach (a parent volunteer who loves reading, too). The teams review the books they are reading and share information about these books with each other.

After about a month, a “battle” will be held with teams competing against each other to answer questions about the books and authors. The team earning the most points will be declared the Battle of the Books Champion for that year.


While only one team wins the championship, Holy Trinity believes all members are winners because they enjoy some great books.

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