The purpose of the Battle of the Books is to promote literacy amongst Deaf and Hard of Hearing Middle School students; promote a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship; and to encourage critical thinking skills.
Battle of the Books is a national, tournament type competition for students in 5th – 8th grades. Students independently read assigned books and work with a team to answer questions about the books, competing against other deaf students from all over the country.
There are three different divisions depending on the student’s reading level. The Bison Division is for students who read at the 3rd and 4th grade reading levels. The Blue Division is for students who read at the 5th and 6th grade levels. The Buff Division is only for students who read at the seventh grade level or above. Preliminary and playoff competitions take place via video phone. Finalists then have a chance to advance to the national competition at Gallaudet University in Washington DC.
Students can sign up for Battle of the Books in September. Preliminary and playoff competitions are held in the fall/winter months and the national competition takes place in the spring. Students must demonstrate a love for reading, the ability to work with others respectfully and a positive attitude to be involved.
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