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Title: White Pine Battle of the Books:


1
White Pine Battle of the Books
  • Reading as a Competitive Sporting Event!

Carolyn Humphrey, ONeill Collegiate and
Vocational Institute Catherine Norton, Dunbarton
High School Kim OReilly, Oshawa Public
Libraries Tiffany Pahman, Oshawa Public Libraries
2
Lets get ready to rumble!!
  • If you know about the Battle of the Books, this
    is the next generation!
  • For the past 2 years Oshawa Public Libraries has
    hosted area high school teams in a battle based
    on White Pine titles.
  • Why? How? When? What? Where?

3
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS A HISTORY
4
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS A HISTORY
  • A
  • Full and True Account
  • Of the
  • Battel
  • Fought Last FRIDAY
  • Between the
  • Antient and Modern
  • Books
  • In
  • St. JAMESs LIBRARY.
  • LONDON
  • Printed in the Year, MDCCX

5
THE 1ST BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
  • Written by Jonathon Swift as a satire.
  • Actual books from the Classical Age (the
    Antients) battle books from the Modern Age (the
    Moderns)
  • Battled to determine supremacy of
    thought/learning.
  • There was a decisive Battel But, The
    Manuscript, by the Injury of Fortune, or Weather,
    being in several Places imperfect, we cannot
    learn to which side the Victory fell.

6
RECENT HISTORY
  • Did you know?
  • The recent edition of Battle of the Books began
    in the 1940s, as a radio program sponsored by
    the Chicago Public Library.
  • Battle contests have been played in schools and
    public libraries across the U.S. and Canada since
    that time.
  • The organization Americas Battle of the Books
    has been in operation for over 20 yrs. in most
    states. They hope to have a national battle in
    the next decade.
  • Americas Battle of the Books reading program is
    for students in grades 3 12. The book list
    changes each year.

7
DURHAM BATTLES
  • Durham Battles began with the Ajax Public
    Library 10 years ago
  • Competition between public and separate school
    students
  • Teams of 3 6 members with 3 substitutes and
    team captain
  • Regular round and lightning rounds.

8
OSHAWA PUBLIC LIBRARIES BATTLES
  • The Oshawa Public Libraries 1st White Pine
    Battle of the Books took place in April 2009.
  • Held at the McLaughlin Branch of the OPL.
  • Dinah Gough was the master of ceremonies as
    Manager of Children and Youth Services.
  • Questions were created from the White Pine
    titles for that school year.
  • The White Pine Battle followed the same format
    as the Durham Jr. and Sr. Battles.

9
WHITE PINE BATTLE TIMELINE
  • Early in the fall, form a small committee of
    Teacher Librarians and Public Librarians
  • When White Pine titles are announced, determine
    who will generate questions for which titles.
  • Set a deadline for submission of questions and
    to whom they should be submitted.
  • (1 or 2 people should review the questions to
    make alterations where necessary.)

10
TIMELINE CONTINUED
  • Determine individual responsibilities for the
    Battle
  • Determine and announce the date of the battle
    and a deadline for team registration
  • Meet 1 month before the Battle to refine plans.

11
WHITE PINE BATTLE RULES
  • Rules must be read at the beginning of the
    battle, to ensure all participants understand
    them.
  • Competitors are counselled to be quiet unless
    conferring during their turn.
  • Competitors are cautioned against speaking out
    loud.
  • Teams face off in Round Robin format.
  • No more than 2 or 3 teams face off in one room or
    multiple rooms.
  • Teams consist of 3 6 members but only 3 may
    play at a time.
  • Substitutions can be made between rounds.
  • Only the team captain provides the answer but
    team members may confer before it is given.

12
WHITE PINE BATTLE RULES - REGULAR ROUND
  • Each team is asked one question at a time.
  • Regular round answers are to be provided within
    20 seconds.
  • Answers must be specific and complete.
  • Competitors are told if the answer is incorrect
    or incomplete and they may have 2 other
    opportunities to provide the answer.
  • 5 points are won per correct title 3 points are
    won per correct author.
  • Each team is asked a total of 10 15
    questions, based on the matrix.

13
REGULAR ROUND QUESTIONS
  • Take notes while reading the books.
  • Create 15 questions for each book that begin
    with the phrase, In which book, by which
    author? (Do not include names of characters in
    your questions).
  • Eg. In which book, by which author does the
    Gatekeeper demand the toll?

Half World by Hiromi Goto
14
REGULAR ROUND DISTRIBUTION EXAMPLE
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WHITE PINE BATTLE RULES - LIGHTNING ROUND
  • Each team is asked a set of 10 12 questions
    before going to the next team.
  • In the Lightning Round, all 10 12 questions
    must be answered within time limit of 2 minutes.
  • It is possible to skip a question and return to
    it if time permits.
  • Competitors are told if the answer is incomplete
    or incorrect and they may have an opportunity to
    alter the answer.
  • 3 Points are gained with each correct answer.

16
LIGHTNING ROUND QUESTIONS
  • Create 15 questions for each book that begin by
    stating the title of the book and naming the
    author.
  • Eg. In the book, Chandas Wars, by Allan
    Stratton, what does Chanda hope to build in
    memory of her mother?
  • Refer to specific events or characters in the
    story so that there is only one answer to the
    question you create
  • Make the questions specific enough so that they
    refer to only one of the White Pine books.
  • Write the answer and its page reference with
    each question.

17
LIGHTNING ROUND DISTRIBUTION EXAMPLE
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SPECIFICS TO OUR TIMELINE
  • Decide budget
  • Arrange author visit. Book for March of following
    year.
  • Teams register with Carolyn Humphrey
    (Teacher/Librarian at ONeill) by March 23, 2011.
  • By early March, Carolyn receives questions
    members have written and forwards to Kim.
  • Once we have participating school names, OPL
    create signs for tables.

19
SPECIFICS TO OUR TIMELINE
  • Kim assigns questions warmup, regular round,
    substitute, lightning, final regular and final
    lightning.
  • Developed matrix so that each team got at least 1
    question per title and then divided the rest.

20
SPECIFICS TO OUR TIMELINE
  • Tiffany proofs the questions since she has read
    all of the titles. Week before battle.
  • Distribute teams. Ideal to separate two teams
    from same school. Week before battle.

21
TEAM DISTRIBUTION EXAMPLE
22
SPECIFICS TO OUR TIMELINE
  • Questions typed and copied using colour coding
  • Day of Battle teams arrive by designated time.
    Once all teams have arrived, teams are given room
    assignment. Each room should also have a stop
    watch and calculator.
  • Prizes
  • Press Release

23
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24
THE TEACHER LIBRARIANS ROLE
  • How to advertise the Battle.
  • How to build a team.

25
TEACHER LIBRARIAN, CONT.
Practice? Permission forms. Transportation.
26
CELEBRATION
27
Students love the competition!
28
Get ready to rumble!!
Lets see the battle in action!
29
REGULAR ROUND QUESTIONS
  • In which book does the main character drive a
    red mini cooper?
  • Answer The Uninvited, Tim Wynne Jones
  • In which book does the Main Characters
    Grandmother become a criminal when the Main
    Character is twelve years old?
  • Answer The Book of Michael, Lesley Choyce
  • In which book does the main character own a red
    Samsonite Saturn suitcase?
  • Answer Mostly Happy, Pam Bustin
  • In which book is a changeling a main character?
  • Answer Wondrous Strange, Lesley Livingston

30
Lightning Round Questions
  • In Getting the Girl, what is the biggest sport at
    Sherman Macks school?
  • Answer Lacrosse, page 71
  • In Cracked Up to Be, what position on the
    cheerleading squad did Parker used to hold?
  • Answer Captain, page 14
  • In Sister Wife, at what age can girls in Unity
    marry?
  • Answer Age 15, page 21
  • Half World, what does Mister Glueskin turn into
    at the end?
  • - Answer Baby G or Baby

31
QUESTIONS?
  • For more information
  • Carolyn Humphrey_Carolyn_at_durham.edu.on.ca
  • Catherine Catherine_Norton_at_durham.edu.on.ca
  • Kim KOreilly_at_oshawalibrary.on.ca
  • Tiffany TPahman_at_oshawalibrary.on.ca
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