2019-2020

Classcraft

Battle of the Books

Welcome to our first annual BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!!!  You will participate by reading from a variety of texts listed below for the 2019-2020 school year.

Let’s  get started:

1. Get a notebook of your choice to house the notes for the book battle.

2.  For every book you read you will keep two (or more) pages of notes/sketchnoting to organize your thinking about the text.  How you organize those three pages is up to you. I know that this is vague and undefined, but look at it another way. I am empowering you to do what you feel is right. You have the freedom to do what you want. You can create whatever you want. All I’m asking you to do is create three interesting pages of notes about your reading experience. When there are little to no rules, the possibilities are endless. It is up to you to make it awesome!

3. The last Friday of each quarter we will hold a battle - of sorts. In your Classcraft teams you will be asked questions related to the books. The team with the most questions answered correctly will earn treasure to use in class. The 4th Quarter you will battle all the classes of 8R. The winning team of the epic battle will earn an even bigger advantage on your final exam.

For every 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 books read and notes completed, students gain XP and various prizes to be utilized in class for their benefit. The student that reads all 100 books . . .  well you will have to wait to collect your fortune!

Book Title

Author

Completed

1

Chew on This (NF)

Todd Strasser

2

The 57 Bus (NF)

Dashka Slater

3

The Family Romanov (NF)

Candace Fleming

4

Omnivore’s Dilemma (NF)

Michael Pollan

5

“Joyas Voladoras” (Essay)

Brian Doyle

6

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees  (GN)

Don Brown

7

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (NF)

Rebecca Skloot

8

The Blood of Emmett Till (NF)

Timothy B. Tyson

9

Radium Girls (NF)

Kate Moore

10

Grit: The Power of  Passion & Perseverance  (TED Talk)

Angela Duckworth

11

The Hate U Give (F)

Angie Thomas

12

Warriors Don’t Cry (NF)

Melba Patillo Beals

13

The Marrow Thieves (F)

Cherie Dimaline

14

Dear Martin (F)

Nic Stone

15

Ghost Boys (F)

Jewell Parker Rhodes

16

Anger Is a Gift (F)

Mark Oshiro

17

Muslim Girl (NF)

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

18

The Long Way Down (F)

Jason Reynolds

19

All American Boys (F)

Jason Reynolds

20

Uprising (HF)

Margaret Peters Haddix

21

“The Danger of a Single Story” (TED Talk)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

22

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults) (NF)

Bryan Stevenson

23

Chasing Space (NF)

Leland Melvin

24

Revolution (HF)

Deborah Wiles

25

Blue Gold (F)

Elizabeth Stewart

26

“The Most Dangerous Game” (Short Story)

Richard Cornell

27

The Giver (F)

Lois Lowry

28

Unwind (Series)  (F)

Neal Shusterman

29

The Red Queen (Series)  (F)

Victoria Avayard

30

The Reader (Series)  (F)

Tracie Chee

31

Animal Farm  (F)

George Orwell

32

Scythe (Series)  (F)

Neal Shusterman

33

The House of the Scorpion  (F)

Nancy Farmer

34

“The Danger of Silence” (TED Talk

Clint Smith

35

“Why a Good Book is a Secret Door” (TED Talk)

Mac Barnett

36

“The Only Thing We Have to Fear . . “ (Primary Source)

FDR

37

Dreamland Burning (HF)

Jennifer Latham

38

To Kill a Mockingbird (HF)

Harper Lee

39

Midnight Without a Moon (HF)

Linda Williams Jackson

40

“My Papa’s Waltz” (Poem)

Theodore Roethke

41

Letter from Birmingham Jail (Primary Source)

Martin Luther King, Jr.

42

Howt to Spot a Liar (TED Talk)

Pamela Mayer

43

Wilder Girls (F) -- Graphic Content

Rory Power

44

Harbor Me (F)

Jacqueline Woodson

45

When the Earth Shakes (NF)

Simon Winchester

46

“When Continental Drift Was Considered Pseudoscience” (Essay)

Richard Coniff

47

Loser (F)

Jerry Spinelli

48

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong (F)

Brenda Woods

49

The Bridge Home (F)

Padma Venkatraman

50

Uprising (HF)

Margaret Peterson Haddix

51

Murder on the Orient Express (F)

Agatha Christie

52

Truly Devious (F)

Maureen Johnson

53

The Vanishing Staircase (F)

Maureen Johnson

54

And Then There Were None (F)

Agatha Christie

55

Murder on the Orient Express (F)

Agatha Christie

56

Lethal Lit: A Tig Torress Mystery  (Podcast Series)

https://tigtorres.com/

57

One of Us Is Lying (F)

Karen M. McManus

58

Stargirl (F)

Jerry Spinelli

59

Loser (F)

Jerry Spinelli

60

Shout (NF)

Laurie Halse Anderson

61

62

63

64

65

66

67

68

69

70

71

72

73

74

75

“Eye of the Storm”  (Documentary)

Jane Elliot

76

“The Perils of Indifference” (Speech)

Eli Wiesel

77

Bomb (NF)

Steve Sheinkin

78

Unbroken (NF)

Lauren Hillenbrand

79

Refugee (F)

Alan Gratz

80

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler (NF)

John Hendrix

81

MAUS I & II (Graphic Novel)

Art Spiegelman

82

White Rose (HF)

Kip Wilson

83

Diary of Anne Frank (NF)

Anne Frank

84

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler (NF)

Phillip Hoose

85

Farewell to Manzanar (NF)

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James Houston

86

Salt of the Sea (HF)

Ruta Sepetys

87

Between Shades of Gray (HF)

Ruta Sepetys

88

The Wave (F)

Todd Strasser

89

Girl in the Blue Coat (HF)

Monica Hesse

90

The Librarian of Auschwitz (HF)

Antonio Iturbe

91

“Why I love the Country that Once Betrayed Me” (TED Talk)

George Takei

92

Hitler Youth: Growing Up In Hitler’s Shadow (NF)

 Susan Campbell Bartoletti

93

White Bird  (Graphic Novel)

RJ Palacio

94

i carry your heart with me (Poem)

ee cummings

95

I Am Black You Are White  (Poem)

Prince Ea

96

On This Day  (Poem)

Shane K

97

Lady Lazarus  (Poem)

Sylvia Plath

98

The Road Not Taken  (Poem)

Robert Frost

99

Sonnet 130

William Shakespeare

100

Sonnet 116

William Shakespeare

Battle of the Books Prizes

10

Sticker/Badge

20

Pencil

30

Stress Ball

40

Ice Cream/Cookie in the Cafeteria or Homemade Treat

50

Shout Out on Morning Announement

60

XP Scratch Off Card

70

AoW Pass

80

Postive Note/Email Home

90

Power Up Card of Choice

100

Gift Card