Have you “battled with a book” lately?
Twenty four of our CCS students have just enjoyed doing so. In April the Battle of the Books teams travelled to Trinity Christian School in Burlington to take part in the annual competition that tests their knowledge of 8 different novels. Each student on the team reads all eight books and when battle day approaches they choose a few novels to become an expert on. Any detail could be asked during the competition, so knowing the books well is the key to success.
Battle of the books is a wonderful opportunity for students who love reading to take part in a team sport and enjoy time with others who love books. It also challenges all the participants to read a variety of books in genres they may not otherwise read. Each year new books are chosen with the list including genres such as historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, ethnic fiction, adventure stories and books with Canadian content. Excellent literature is enjoyed each year.
Battle of the Books is also a way for students to build relationships with others. The teams are made up of mixed grades and genders. The students must learn to work as a team to successfully answer as many questions as possible in a timed competition. Students also get an opportunity to meet students from other schools and broaden their sense of Christian community. They can begin to see themselves as a part of the larger body of Christ as they sing and do devotions together before they separate into their individual teams. Battle of the Books, building readers, building community.
~Mrs. J. VanderWindt