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A Reading Passage or Context Story further clarifies the meanings of vocabulary and aids in the correct word pronuncation. Click on the character icon to hear Lesson Plans #1 - #6 story.
  • ESL, LEP and ELL especially benefit from the AUDIO passages. Stories emphasize grade level word content and subject specific vocabulary.
  • Common Core alignment to a Reading Passage is to 3 key phrases: "Grade Level", "Particular Topic" and "Grade-Relevant Text or Subject Area". CCSS Alignment Strand for Specific Grades:
    Grade Level: "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers: 2.4, 3.4, 4.4, 5.4, 6.4, 7.4, 8.4, 9-10.4, 11-12.4
    Particular Topic: "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers: 4.6. 5.6, 6.6, 7.6, 8.6, 9-10.6, 11-12.6
    Grade & Subject-Relevant Text: "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers:
    (Reading: Informational Text) RI.2.4, RI.3.4, RI.4.4. RI.5.4, RI.6.4, RI.7.4, RI.8.4, RI.9-10.4, RI.11-12.4
    (Reading: Literature) RL.2.4, RL.3.4, RL.4.4. RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.4
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    1) Basketball Reading Passage #1 and #2


    The following words (listed alphabetically) appear somewhere in the story below:
    assist, bench, boards, buckets, charge, domination, dribble, dunk, feign, flagrant, intensity, officiate, perimeter, pivot, possession, rebound, regulation, shooter, substitute, technical, victorious, violation.

     

    Story One:
    The DOMINATION of the Sidewinders usually meant a VICTORIOUS team! Each player concentrated with INTENSITY. As we watched the game, several teammates came off the BENCH. Some would CHARGE down the PERIMETER of the court with great skill. Often, they fed a SHOOTER would PIVOT before he could DUNK the ball into the BUCKET. When the referee would OFFICIATE carefully, there were few FLAGRANT VIOLATIONS of the REGULATIONS. It was amazing to see a player DRIBBLE and FEIGN while keeping POSSESSION of the ball! With the Sidewinders down two and only a few seconds left on the clock, a SUBSTITUTE did BLOCK an opponents wild shot and, when the shooter kicked off his shoe, his action resulted in a TECHNICAL. If the freethrow was missed on purpose, who was going to be able to ASSIST on the BOARDS to get the REBOUND and put it back for two points and a tie?

     

    Story Two is a fill-in-the-blank activity for Basketball Playoffs: Choose one of the 22 alphabetical thematic words below for each blank to create a baketball sentence which will form a story. Word bank is: assist, bench, boards, buckets, charge, domination, dribble, dunk, feign, flagrant, intensity, officiate, perimeter, pivot, possession, rebound, regulation, shooter, substitute, technical, victorious, violation. (ANSWERS are at the bottom of this page.)

    Jimmy, a very successful basketball player, shot _____ (1) against the _____ (2) for hours a day and played each game with focused _____ (3). He was known to be an excellent _____ (4) and few could _____ (5) the ball with such ease along the _____ (6) of the court. He was equally able to _____ (7) his teammates, _____ (8) _____ (9) and _____ (10), too. He was the teams number ONE player and, he observed carefully how the referee would _____ (11). When someone came off the _____ (12) to play as Jimmys _____ (13), the game was already won!, Jimmy never wanted to get a _____ (14) or a _____ _____ (15 + 16) that might cost his team, precious points. He could easily _____ (17) taking a _____ (18). He was masterful and showed his _____ (19) in keeping complete control when in _____ (20) of the ball! At the end of _____ (21) play, Jimmy and the team were usually _____. (22)

     

    ANSWERS for Story Two: 1. BUCKETS, 2. BOARDS, 3. INTENSITY, 4. SHOOTER, 5. DRIBBLE, 6. PERIMETER, 7. ASSIST, 8. PIVOT, 9. REBOUND, 10. DUNK, 11. OFFICIATE
    12. BENCH, 13. SUBSTITUTE, 14. TECHNICAL, 15. FLAGRANT 16. VIOLATION, 17. FEIGN, 18. CHARGE, 19. DOMINATION, 20. POSSESSION, 21. REGULATION, 22. VICTORIOUS

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