Each Year CPS sponsors a friendly competition between schools called The Battle of the Books. This program encourages ongoing reading and teamwork throughout the course of a year.
Teams are comprised of students in two categories: 4th through 6th grade, and 7th and 8th grade. Each school may register 1 team per grade level. Each division (there are 14 or 15 divisions) have a separate reading list of 21 books. In the Spring, student teams work together to score points during three rounds of online competition, answering questions about the books with bonus points for giving the full name of the author. The highest scoring 15 teams from each grade level advance to the City Finals live competition, cheered on by family and friends.
Samples of question types:
In what book … did Charlie tour a candy factory?
Answer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
In the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, what did Charlie find to gain admittance to the chocolate factory?
Answer: a golden ticket
In what book will you find the quote: “I love Everlasting Gobstoppers!…” Answer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
For extra points, what is the author’s name of the book from the last question? Answer: Roald Dahl
We are pleased to announce that Disney’s 4th-6th grade team won the ISP network trophy and scored the highest amongst all the participating schools in the ISP network. Seven of our students competed in the city finals! And while we didn’t win the finals award, all the students enhanced their love of reading and learned a lot about literature!
The 2019 competition will start next year, and planning is already underway.
Find out more about the competition on the website: