Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program devoted to encouraging reading, broadening interests, promoting general academic excellence, and facilitating cooperative learning and teamwork among students. Students read the sixteen books (below), discuss them, practice with their teams, and then answer questions based on the books in a “quiz show” format.
For more information about Oregon Battle of the Books visit their website www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org .
During January and February, students will participate in practice battles against other SHMS teams in advance of the schoolwide competition in late February. Each battle consists of a total of sixteen questions, eight of which begin with the phrase “In which book” (requiring teams to provide the complete title of the book and the author’s name) and eight of which provide the name of the book but query students about specific content therein.
The winner of the SHMS competition will compete at the Regional Competition in March. Should that team advance from our region, they will battle at the State Competition on April. Parents or guardians of students on the winning team are responsible for arranging transportation to and from these competitions.
• Informational Meeting June / Sept
• Team Registration Deadline October 31st
• Mock Battles January
• SHMS Final Battle February - TBD
• Regional Competition March - TBD
• State Competition April - TBD
Sixth, seventh, and eights grade students will form teams of four or five members. Each team will be responsible for asking an adult to serve as a coach. Each team member should read at least four of the sixteen books in preparation for “battles” where they will answer questions about the content of each book. Coaches will meet with teams outside of school hours to practice and prepare for battles.
Students need to complete each of the tasks below for their registration to be complete:
1. Get the permission of parent(s) or guardian(s);
2. Assemble a team of four or five students;
3. Find an adult to serve as coach;
4. Have each member of the team submit a completed registration/permission form (available in the library).