Social Justice Book Bowl

The Social Justice Book Bowl Competition hosted by Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Public Schools is a reading competition designed to encourage the love of reading and to promote literacy in Kalamazoo. The program exposes young people to different genres of young adult literature focused on social justice in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each student is responsible for reading two books, including one fiction and one non-fiction selection. Students read the assigned books and prepare with their coaches and teammates for the competition.

Students at the middle and high school level begin reading and meeting in their Book Bowl teams in October in preparation for the culminating competition in January.

2020 Elimination and Final Competition

Both the elimination and final competition are held on the same day and all four competitions occur simultaneously.

This year, the competition will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Linden Grove Middle School. Competitors and guests arrive at 4:30 p.m. for dinner and refreshments.

For accommodations and further information, contact Lauren Carney (lauren.carney@wmich.edu, 387-2129).

Each game will have a minimum of three judges. The judges will read the questions, enforce time limits, determine the correct answers and award points, and otherwise enforce the rules of the competition.

Each game will consist of 20 questions. True/False questions worth 1 point each; Multiple Choice, Fill-in the Blank, and Short Answer are worth 2 points; Open-ended Critical Response questions are worth 3 points. For 17 of the questions (T/F, fill-in the blank, multiple choice, short answer), teams will have 30 seconds to write down an answer. For the critical response questions, teams will have 60 seconds to write down an answer. Answers must be clearly written on the note card, spelling errors are okay.

No more than four people may play on a team. Each team must designate a member as a “respondent,” who is responsible for bringing the answer card to the judges. Once a team answer card has been submitted, it may not be returned or changed.

Each team will have one 30-second timeout per game. Timeouts may NOT be used when a question is in play.

Protest Process: 1) Active players must state “protest” immediately following the announcement of the correct team responses and before the next question is read. 2) Judges will acknowledge the protest, by stating “protest noted” and will invite the team to address the protest at the end of the round.  3) Coaches and audience members are not allowed to lodge protests or approach judges. 4) Judges’ decisions are final.

Once the competition begins, competitors may not interact with audience members or coaches during any part of the competition including during protests until the winners are announced.

The two teams with the highest scores from each grade level (i.e., 6th, 7th-8th, 9th-10th, 11th-12th) will advance to the final competition on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.

WATCH THE SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK BOWL VIDEO

 

 

  • All participants will receive a prize after the elimination competition on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.
  • The winning teams will receive traveling trophies for their schools and certificates on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. 
  • Each member of each winning team will receive a Kindle Fire.
  • Each participant will receive a voucher to purchase books from Kazoo books at the competition on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.[LC1] 

 

READING LIST

 

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6th Grade

Nonfiction: Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Island by Russel Freedman

Fiction: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

 

7th & 8th Grade

Nonfiction: Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice (Adapted for Young Adults) by Bryan Stevenson

Fiction: The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

 

9 & 10th Grade

Nonfiction: Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

Fiction: Internment by Samira Ahmed

 

11th & 12th Grade

Nonfiction: I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson

Fiction: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

 

 

 

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