Rationale: This text set is intended for a third grade class room and is about sports. Through sports students can learn a lot about American history and ways they can get through trials and temptations and apply that into their lives. Through some of the books in this set students will learn about segregation and how the country was divided and how people of color were treated differently. Sports helps with social and emotional development and though we wont be playing any sport games. We are able to read about how sports helps bring people together and is way to speak out loud for people of minority.
Non Fictional Books
Identification information. And nobody got hurt 2! (The worlds weirdest, wackiest, most amazing true sport stories) By Len Berman illustrations by Kent Gamble, Publisher Little Brown and Company, ISBN-10: 1417795115, number of pages: 131
Summary- This book is a fun non fictional book that tells kids funny and weird stories that have actually happened in the sports world. The author Len Berman gives stories from 7 different sports. He mentions and gives the reader intriguing facts about golf, baseball, basketball, Olympics, tennis, football, and soccer. I enjoyed this read because not all the stories he tells are about things that happen during a professional event. For instance he gave a story about John Daly a professional golfer who was on the Canada side of Niagara Falls and tried driving a golf ball to the U.S. side. Daly attempted this act 20 times before he gave up and was unsuccessful. So reading stories like that where it’s a golf story but you won’t see it on the tour makes this book fun and enjoyable for the reader.
Teaching Points- RL.3.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from non literal language. I would use reading comprehension for this book to see if students understood what I was reading because the author speaks in a lot of non literal language.
Identification information. They played what (the weird history of sports and recreation) by Richard Platt. Published by Two-Can publishing, ISBN-10: 158728586X, number of pages: 48
Summary- This book is about “games” that different cultures do around the world. It also references roman games and ancient pastimes. The book mentions war games and how knights would joust. It was an interesting book just because you were able to see many different ways cultures and what certain time periods did for their sport games so to speak. This book was an eye opener to just see how athletes and spectators have changed over time and how dangerous some of these “sports” really were.
Teaching Points- RI.3.3 – Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. For this book I would use reading comprehension again just because there is a lot happening in this book. This book goes through a period time that shows what different cultures and time eras did for entertainment. I would want to make sure the students knew what was going on for each different era.
Identification information. Negro Leagues All Black Baseball by Laura Driscoll illustrated by Tracy Mitchell, publisher Grosset and Dunlap, ISBN-13:9780448428215, number of pages: 31
Summary- This book is given in the perspective of a young student writing about the topic of Negro League Baseball. This book is filled with a lot of neat and interesting facts. I thought I was a person who knew quite a bit about baseball but this book taught me several things I did not know. For instance black players actually did play on a few pro teams in the 1870’s and 80’s however, we don’t think about blacks playing in the majors until 1947 when Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers. This book points out things that happened between those time periods and influential players that helped changed the game along the way.
Teaching Points- RI.3.6 – Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text. This book I would want the students to have an understanding of phonemic awareness. Students will get a look of how African Americans were treated differently than white people. I would like to see what their point of view is from this topic and tell me what interest and bothers them.
Identification information. Katie Kazoo Switcheroo Three Cheers for… who? By Nancy Krulik illustrations by John and Wendy, published by the Penguin group. ISBN 978-0-448-45449-8 number of pages: 77
Summary- This is a short novel book for elementary children and there are many Katie Kazoo books. This one in particular deals with Katie and her best friend Emma. They are currently in the fourth grade and enjoy cheering for their class. The only problem is that there is a lot of tension between the two fourth grade classes because they will only cheer for their class room and not for the entire school. Emma’s older sister is a high school cheerleader and Katie and Emma don’t care for her too much. Katie wishes that Emma’s older sister would never cheer again. So, one evening Katie and Emma go to a high school basketball game to watch “real athletes.” During the halftime show Katie leaves the gym to go to the concessions, when she leaves she walks down an empty hallway. When she walks down the empty hallway she ends up turning into Emma’s sister and ruins the entire halftime performance. Katie eventually turns back into herself and fixes the tension between the fourth grade classes.
Teaching Points- RL.3.3 – Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. For this book students need to have a good understanding of reading fluency. It is a longer book and students need to have a greater sense of fluency. For this book I would like to have the students describe the characters in the story and what actions they did caused certain circumstances.
Identification information. Slam Dunk Shoes by Jake Maddox, illustrations by Sean Tiffany, published by Stone Arch Books, ISBN 13: 978-1-59889-842-2, number of pages: 63
Summary- This book is a short novel intended for young elementary students. Slam Dunk Shoes is about a young boy named Jamal who is very a talented youth basketball player. Jamal plays a lot of pick-up games at the at the outdoor basketball courts in the neighborhood, when is asked to play on a higher class traveling basketball team. Jamal is very excited about the opportunity because this team the Cyclones are one of the best in the city. However, he is nervous because he has worn out shoes and old gear while everyone else on the team has top of the line equipment. Jamal only wants these brand new pair of shoes but his dad says that they can’t afford them. His dad ends up making a deal with Jamal saying that if he makes the team he will buy these brand new pair of shoes. Jamal ends up making the team and gets the new pair of shoes. Only to find out that the new shoes makes him play worse and that his old shoes had some magic in them. After his old shoes tear apart Jamal is left only with his knew pair.
Teaching Points- RL.3.5 – Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections. Again with a little longer of a book the students need to be fluent readers. With this book having chapters when are able to refer to parts of the story and describe how parts build on each other.
Identification information. Jump Serve by Jake Maddox, illustration by Tuesday Mourning, published by Stone Arch Books, ISBN 978-1-4342-0470-7, number of pages: 62
Summary- This book is about a volleyball team called the Rockets. The rockets are a very competitive team but can’t ever seem to win the big championship game. In the last game of the year the rockets lose to their rivals the Lakers, while also losing one of their best players named Laura. Laura hurt her knee badly and had to have surgery causing her to miss half of the next year’s season. During the off season two girls from the Lakers moved into the Rockets district causing them to play with the Rockets. The move caused many issues and the team struggled to win games. Once Laura is healed she is able to bring the team together and play the Lakers in another championship game.
Teaching Points- RL.3.6 – Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters. With this book having conflict students need to build their point of view of why there were such differences between the characters of the story and why they had issues. Students need to have a good sense of reading fluency to help them succeed at this task.
Educational Picture Books
Identification information. The unforgettable season (The story of Joe DiMaggio Ted Williams and the record setting summer of ’41) written by Phil Bilbner, illustrated by S.D. Schindler, published by G.P. Puntnam’s Sons. ISBN-10: 0147510554. Number of pages: 30
Summary- This is a short picture book of the record breaking season set by Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. It tells the story of “Joltin,” Joe who set a major league record of getting a hit in 53 straight games for the New York Yankees. While, Ted the “Splendid Splinter,” Williams was an outfielder for the Boston Redsox set the MLB record for batting over .400 in an entire season. The neat thing of this story is that it they both set their records in the same year of 1941. Both plyers before the season were getting lot of grief from fans because they weren’t performing “good” enough. Another neat thing about this story is that Joe’s younger brother was a teammate of Ted’s. In the all-star game that took place in the middle of the season Ted and Joe were on the same team. Their team was trailing late in the game when Joe got a base hit the Ted followed it with the go ahead and game winning home run.
Teaching Points- RI.3.7 – Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur). For this book it would be helpful for vocabulary development. In this short picture book there is a lot happening between two main characters and things are happening in a timely order. We need to understand certain vocabulary words to help us comprehend what is happening between the two players.
Identification information. Swinging for the fences Hank Aaron and me by Mike Leonetti, illustrated by David Kim. Published by Chronicle Books. ISBN-10: 0811856623. Number of pages: 34
Summary- This picture book was about a young boy who looked up to his hero Hank Aaron. Hank Aaron was a major league baseball player who broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. This young boy named Mark looked up to Mr. Aaron and wanted to be just like him. The only problem was that he was trying to hit home runs every time he got to the plate. Mark went to go watch Hank play baseball one day and ended up meeting him. Hank gave Mark some baseball and life lessons that helped Mark succeed in his little league baseball games. This book also briefly discusses how people didn’t want Hank to break the record because of his color.
Teaching Points- RL.3.7 – Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting). Students need to have a good sense of phonemic awareness. This book is a great book to look at the illustrations to see how the character feels about himself and see what hes going through.
Identification information. Ricardo’s Race by Diane Gonzales Bertrand, illustrated by Anthony Accardo, Published by Arte Publico Pr, ISBN-10 1558854819, number of pages: 32
Summary- Ricardo’s Race is the real story of Ricardo Romo. Ricardo grew up in San Antonio, Texas helping his parents take care of their family owned grocery store. He never dreamed of going to college until he realized he was blessed with a natural talent. Ricardo was a great runner and earned All-American status his senior year in high school. This helped him get a track scholarship to the University of Texas. While at Texas Ricardo tore up the nation with his running ability and even had a shot at the Olympics until he got injured. His injury forced him to focus on his studies and was able to graduate. Now he is the President at the University of Texas- San Antonio.
Teaching Points- RI.3.3 – Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. Students need a sense of reading comprehension for this book. This book goes through a period of time on a person and we need to comprehension what is happening for this book to make sense in a timely manor.
Identification Information. McFarland USA, director Niki Caro, production Walt Disney. Length: 2hrs 9min
Summary- This movie is about a coach named Jim White. Coach White was a high school football coach who ended up getting fired and the only place he could go was to a town in California called McFarland. McFarland is a highly populated Hispanic community. Coach White doesn't fit in and is struggling to please his family until he realizes that some students in hes PE class can run. Mr. White gathers up a Cross Country team and they become the laughing stock at their first meets. Coach White quickly realizes and changes his heart on how to reach these kids and make them successful in a town that turns most of its students to jail.
Teaching Points- I would show this video to my class because it shows that even through very difficult times and places you can become successful if you believe in yourself and that cast around you. SL.3.2 – Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Students will need a sense of comprehension to understand what is going on through out the movie.