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PWMS Battle of the Books Team
Parkwood Middle Schoolâ€™s Battle of the Books team had a fabulous year! Our students are dedicated with a strong passion for reading. On Wednesday, February 23, our team battled valiantly against the other middle school teams in the county. These students were responsible for reading the 27 books on the NC Battle of the Books list. These books included classics, historical fiction, and fantasy. In addition to reading these 27 books, team members were required to memorize the title and author of each book. The sacrifices made by this group are commendable. They gave up many hours after school to read and practice for the competition.
Each round of the competition consists of 12 trivia-type questions about the books. Such as, â€œIn which book did characters prefer to hang-out in a vacant lot rather than a park?â€ The team is given only 20 seconds to discuss and answer the question. Two points are awarded for the correct book title and a bonus point is given for the correct author. Each school competes against the other 8 middle schools in Union County and Union Academy. We were able to win our battles against Marvin Ridge, Sun Valley, East Union, and Porter Ridge. Even though our teamâ€™s combined score did not place in the final three, we are very proud of the hard work and determination of our team.
The philosophy of the Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading in middle school students. Students are exposed to a variety of literature. The book lists includes some classics, historical fiction, and fantasy. These dedicated students meet afterschool and give up a great amount of time. They read the books, practice the book titles and authors and stay after school for practices. Even though the purpose of Battle of the Books is preparing for the competition, our students enjoy the fellowship with their friends.
â€œIt was a lot of fun and I enjoyed reading all the books. My favorite books were Truesight and Schooled. Those are the kind of book I like to read,â€ says Allison Schneider, 8th grade BoB team member. Students on all three grade levels are eligible to participate in the Battle of the Books club. If you share a passion for reading, we hope you will consider joining our team next year!!
2010-2011 Team Members are:
Brooke Aytes, Kayla Bartlett, Stephanie Carton, Jordan Clary, Alexis Elko, Savannah Hargett, Luke Jacumin, Allison Schneider, Haley Sutton and Anika VanMilligan. The team is coached by Lisa Chapman, Lesa Goodman and Kristie Hardman
Written by: Lesa Goodman BoB coach
Posted: Feb 28, 2011 by Lisa Chapman