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The following article was posted on March 27th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 3 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 3

Reading comprehension is put to the test in a book battle

In a contest of reading comprehension and teamwork, more than 150 students from 13 Santa Maria-Bonita School District elementary schools put their skills on the mat for the district’s Battle of the Books on March 22.

Only five students came away as champions, and they will move on to ply their might in Santa Barbara County’s book battle on April 18. Bryan Paez from Rice Elementary School, Angel Altamirano from Fairlawn, Angelica Pena from Oakley, Jessica Flores from Bonita, and Yareli Barrientos from Alvin were on the winning team.

The champions proved their knowledge was unbeatable with regard to 30 books from a required reading list. Students had to read at least 15 of the 30 books in order to participate. A district press release said for this year’s contest, 15 of the 150 students who competed read all 30 books and a third of the students read 20 or more.

Books on the list included The Secret Garden, Phantom Tollbooth, The Titan’s Curse, and Bunnicula. Battle participants were placed onto 28 teams with students from other elementary schools, so they were working with children they didn’t know and were forced to quickly learn how to interact with each other based on the shared knowledge they all had.

Students answered questions about plots and characters in the books and identified quotes during at least seven competition rounds.

Isabella Moore from Bonita, Sophia Solis from Tunnell, Gilberto Martinez from Taylor, Morgan Revelez from Alvin, and Kelsey Marshall from Miller were on the second-place team and will head to the county’s battle with the first-place team. An additional student from each school will also be chosen to participate in the April 18 contest.