Over the past few days I have been sharing tips for promoting reading in the classroom. If you missed my previous tips click the links below:
- Promoting Reading - Part 1
- Promoting Reading - Part 2
- Promoting Reading - Part 3
- Promoting Reading - Part 4
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There were three main stages for my book tournament. During the first stage, I ran one or two mini battles every week or two, depending on the length of the books. I had a total of 6 mini battles for the first stage. During a mini battle an author/book series battles against another author/book series to see which comes out on top as the class favourite. In order to vote, students had to read a book by one of the authors and fill out a reading ballot with their choice. The reading ballots included a retell portion and another comprehension strategy we had learned. The more books they read, the more ballots they got. After each battle was over I counted the ballots and crossed out the "loser" and added the "winner" to the next stage of the battle. In stage two there were three mini battles. Then in stage three I had three author's/series battling head to head...to head I guess to be the ultimate champion.
Contenders for the "Wiley Book Tournament" were based on many factors. I choose authors I thought would interest students and be at their reading levels. It was also important that our school library or my classroom library had lots of these books available. For some of my higher level author's/series I borrowed audio books from the public library so that all of my students could participate. They LOVED listening to the audio books and even some of my high readers wanted to join in and listen too.
Here's how I set up the mini battles for stage one of the tournament:
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Which author/series do you think won?