- On the Interactive board, show students our Battle of the Books Blog page.
- Explain how they can participate in the Battle by reading the books, earning badges, and preparing for class battles in April.
- Show students the Badge Winners Padlet and Class Competition Doc where they can view their progress.
- Walk students through the Google Form where they will submit their Battle reading. Explain how to write a short summary in their own words, share a connection to the book, and write strong battle questions which show their knowledge of the book.
Google Form responses
- Students read Battle Books and submit completed reading on Google Form.
Google Form responses
Lesson 2: Book Reviews
- Have students navigate to the Book Review page on the blog. Show students examples of book reviews, both in written and video form. Explain the parts of a good book review as outlined on the blog.
- Students may use the app of their choice to create their book review. It can be written, audio, or video. Completed book reviews will be added to the class Seesaw account, and some will be highlighted on the Learning Commons blog.
Completed book reviews in Seesaw.
Lesson 3: Battle Book Research
- From our Battle of the Books Blog Page, show students the book cover images for our Battle books. Ask: Which of our Battle Books has made the greatest impact on you so far? Why?
- Look at some of their reading reflections from the Battle Book response log.
- Discuss what they feel are the big topics in each of the books.
- Explain that authors draw from real world issues and challenges when they are crafting characters and plots for their books. They often need to do research various topics to ensure their plots are believable. Show them the video interview with Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
- It can be very meaningful to dig deeper into a book by doing some research about topics or issues within the book. Today, you will be choosing a topic from one of our battle books to research.
- Google Form: From my blog, go to the UES Specials page. Fill out the Google Form and select up to three topics that interest you.
- Use your iPads to start exploring these topics and narrowing down your choice for a research topic.
Google Form Responses
- Review last week’s discussion about the big topics in our Battle Books.
- Show their responses to the Google Form and the topics they chose.
- Explain that today, they will narrow down to one topic and start researching.
- Show students the Battle Books Research Organizer. Go over each of the steps and the expectations for completing it over the next few weeks. Explain that once they have finished their research, they will complete a media project to share what they have learned. Expectations are on the checklist at the end of the organizer.
- Have students go to the UES Specials page on my blog and click the link for the doc. They should make a copy of the doc and save it as follows: Name, class, Battle Book Research. They should then share the doc with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prior to going to book checkouts, they should fill in their research topic and a few key words related to their topic.
- Over the next two weeks, they will research websites and gather information on the doc. They will create the media product of their choice to share 10 important facts they learned from their research. Two students with the same topic may collaborate. Completed projects will be shared in Seesaw.
Research Organizer Docs