Panorama will host a Battle of the Books competition for 5th - 8th grade students on Saturday, April 4, 2020. The contest will start at 8:30 A.M. and finish around 3:00 P.M. This event is open to teams from any school.
Students will be in teams up to 4 students and will work as a team to read a list of books before the contest. (You can view the list on the "Book List" tab - it is comprised of 20 titles: six Iowa Children's Choice Award books, four Iowa Teen Award books, four Newbery Award books, and six other award winners and "classics").
During the contest, teams will go head-to-head in a quiz bowl-style tournament. During the matches, two teams will alternate answering questions. Questions will always have the title of a book on the list as their answer. (Please see the "Question Submissions" tab for example questions and for information about how teams can submit questions). If a team answers their question correctly, they can receive bonus points for knowing the author's name. If they get a questions wrong, the other team can steal and earn their points. Each round will be 30 questions -- 15 questions for each team. We will do a pool tournament with a championship bracket to follow, so each team will be guaranteed at least 3 matches.
The winning team will get a trophy for their school, and each person on the 1st and 2nd place teams will get a medal. All other students will receive either a participant ribbon or a finalist ribbon. To offset the cost of the prizes, each team will need to pay a $15.00 registration fee (per team, not per student).
Please explore this site to find out more information about the contest. We hope to see you on April 4, 2020!