LSU Lab School Hosts Second Annual Book Battle


The LSU University Laboratory School hosted its second annual Book Battle Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

The Book Battle came about in the fall of 2012, when LSU School of Education students from Dr. Jackie Bach’s young adult literature service learning course undertook a project to organize and host the first event. 

ULS students in grades 6-12 put together teams to answer trivia questions about popular young adult books. School of Education graduate students planned, organized, and ran the event held at the ULS library. Several of these graduate candidates student taught at the school this semester.

“The Lab School has a strong community of readers, and our middle and high school students were thrilled to have a book-themed trivia competition,” says ULS librarian and School of Education instructor Dr. Charity Cantey. “For our first event, we included several book series that we knew our students were reading voraciously.  This year, for our annual second book battle, we let the students vote on the series that would be included.”

Last year's Book Battle served as the service-learning component of Dr. Bach’s undergraduate course EDCI 3223. This year's group of students are volunteers enrolled in her graduate EDCI 4465 course “Curriculum and Pedagogy in Secondary Disciplines.” 

“My students are earning their certification to teach English in grades 6-12,” Dr. Bach explains. “This experience introduces them to popular young adult literature as well as opportunities to collaborate with school media specialists. They also get to hang out with teenagers in an informal, festive atmosphere.”

“Anytime we can get students to be excited about reading or even better, bragging about reading is truly outstanding,” says Jay LeSaicherre, a masters student in the School of Education’s Secondary Holmes program and a second year event volunteer. “Far too often, we see students who stop reading, not because they don't enjoy it, but because they think it’s uncool to read and that is just sad. What is useful about events such as this is that they create an environment of reading that isn't forced. Students didn't receive a grade for this, and their rewards were more books to read. It is clear that they had a fun time. Right there is why it is important. Events like the book battle remind students what the real reason is for reading. We read because it is fun. When we read for fun, we learn so much more.”

Students competed in teams of up to 5 players answering trivia questions based on some of their favorite young adult series including Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games and Unwind. First, second and third place winners received advanced reading copies of young adult novels and all student attendees went home with books.

“The Book Battle gives enthusiastic teen readers the opportunity to get together and celebrate books and reading—and show off their knowledge of their favorite series,” Dr. Cantey says. “Our students love the competition and take great delight in being the ones who know the most about the books they love.  One of my favorite aspects of being a middle and high school librarian is seeing teens excited about books, and this event spotlights that enthusiasm and strengthens our school’s reading community.”

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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