More than 70 Juneau School District students from third grade through high school participated in the district level Battle of the Books competitions held recently. Many more participated at each school site.
The Battle of the Books is a statewide Alaskan reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians. The goals of the program are to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension and promote academic excellence.
Lists of books are chosen and questions are written for all grade levels. Students read the books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of not more than three students to correctly answer questions based on the books in a "quiz show" format. Questions begin with the words "In which book...." so that the answer will always be a title and author. Teams may participate at the school, district and state levels of competition.
Recommended titles for each level are compiled each year by a committee of librarians and teachers and are based on specific program criteria. An attempt is made to vary the titles chosen according to genre and difficulty so that readers may encounter a broad range of books.
On Jan. 27, Floyd Dryden Library hosted the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade level battle. Teams from Montessori, Floyd Dryden and Dzantik'i Heeni middle schools competed, with Floyd Dryden team earning the most points. On Feb. 7, the high school district battle was held at the Juneau-Douglas High School Library. One team each from Johnson Youth Center and Yaakoosge Daakahidi battled with two teams each from JDHS and Thunder Mountain. The JYC team answered all but two of the questions correctly, winning the competition. The third/fourth-grade and fifth-grade level battles on Feb. 9 at Riverbend Elementary School resulted in Montessori's team answering the most questions correctly to win the third/fourth grade battle. Auke Bay School's team won the fifth grade battle.
The winning teams listed will represent JSD in statewide battles the week of Feb. 27.