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Dec 9, 2022
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Battle of the Books
The Battle of the Books is a reading competition for deaf and hard of hearing students in grades 5-8. Students across the nation read the same assigned books and then compete against each other by answering true or false, short answer, multiple choice, and presentation style questions about the books they read. The competition promotes literacy among deaf and hard of hearing students and is rooted in a spirit of academic competition and sportsmanship.
There are three divisions to accommodate participants’ varied reading levels. The Bison division is reserved for 3rd and 4th grade reading levels; the Blue division is reserved for 5th and 6th grade reading levels; and the Buff division is reserved for 7th grade reading level and above.
The competition includes preliminaries, the playoffs, and the national competition. In the preliminaries, teams compete with rival schools and programs around the nation, providing an excellent opportunity for these students to meet other deaf and hard of hearing students their age who enjoy reading as well. The top performing teams advance to the playoffs where the presentation round is introduced. Of these, six final teams from the Buff and Blue divisions (and the Bison championship team) are invited to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for the national competition. All transportation, lodging, and meals for the National-bound teams are covered by the Gallaudet University Youth Programs office.
This year’s competition timeline is as follows:
BOTB Preliminary competition: Week of November 14-18, 2022
BOTB Playoffs: Weeks of December 5-7 and December 10-14, 2022
BOTB National competition @ Gallaudet: March 31-April 3, 2023
We would like to recognize and thank our main sponsor, Sorenson!
Buff Division The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart Blue Division Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed The Running Dream by Wendelin...
Gallaudet's Battle of the Books was established in 2012. Its roots can be traced to the Battle of the Books competition amongst several deaf schools across the nation. The original contest in 2007 had four participating schools: California School for the Deaf, Fremont led by...
Rules and Guidelines Registration period: Monday, September 12 @ 12:00pm EST to Wednesday, September 14, 2022 @ 4:00pm EST Preliminary Competition: November 15-17, 2022 Buff Preliminary competition: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 Blue Preliminary competition: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 Bison Preliminary competition: Thursday, November 17, 2022 Playoff Competition: December 5-15, 2022 Buff...
Heathlands School for Deaf Children (UK) Kansas School for the Deaf Marie Philip School (MA) Maryland School for the Deaf, Frederick Rocky Mountain Deaf School (CO) Sequoia Deaf School (AZ) TOPS K-8 (WA) Venado Middle School (CA)
California School for the Deaf, Fremont California School for the Deaf, Riverside Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (DC) Nebraska East Nebraska North Rocky Mountain Deaf School (CO) TOPS K-8 (WA) Wisconsin School for the Deaf
Friday, March 31st 4:00 p.m. Teams Arrive/Registration @ LLRH6 4:15 p.m.-5:00p.m. Team pictures @ Chapel Hall 5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Icebreakers/Chaperones’ Meeting @ LLRH6 5:45 p.m.-6:45p.m. Dinner @ Cafeteria 7:00 p.m.-8:30p.m. Rock Climbing/Games @ Field House 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m Opening Ceremony @ Elstad Auditorium 10:00 p.m....
Youth Programs Coordinator
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