Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program in the spirit of Jeopardy for students in grades 3 through 6.  In September, students in each grade are given a list of approximately 23 books on their reading and interest level.  Over the course of the school year each student must read at least 8 books from the class list.  During weekly library periods, students have opportunities to take Accelerated Reader tests, which examine their knowledge of the characters, setting, and plot and which measure their comprehension.  Second semester students also participate in mock “battles” in order to prepare for the final competition held in May in which students from the 18 Archdiocesan elementary schools come together and compete by answering detailed questions from their books.  Through thorough discussion and class competitions, the 4 finalists from each grade are discerned.  These teams of 4 from each grade level represent St. John’s School in the Archdiocesan competition.


This program began 8 years ago in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and St. John’s began participating during the 2007-08 school year.  We have been well represented through competition, behavior, and sportsmanship, earning our first championship on the 4th grade level during the Competition held in May, 2010.  Battle of the Books is an effective way to engage students in reading and to enhance their ability and interest in many different types of literature.