In DOUBLE DRIBBLE, the second Mathlete vs Athlete Novel by W. C. Mack, the Owen twins face event greater threats, on the court and off.
Have you ever played basketball? If so, you know the fun and excitement of the dribble, the pass, the shot, the swish, and the roar of the crowd. 7th grader Owen Evans lived basketball. It was the most important part of his life, and he was good. Playing with his taller, slimmer, less experienced twin brother Russell, he and the team were on a winning streak. Would the Pioneers be able to continue for the rest of the season? Could anything rock Owen's year?
Perhaps it could. Perhaps it will. How far will Owen go to regain it?
The threat to Owen's leadership walked into the gym one day. It was a new set of 12-year-old twins, tall, athletic, identical twins, who moved to Portland and joined Owen's Pioneer basketball team. But, something was strange about them. They were too good, too focused, too synchronized. Would the coach bench Owen and Russell to start Mitch and Marcus Matthews? What would Owen do if he lost the spotlight?
Russell was less concerned. He liked basketball and being part of the action, but his whole life wasn't on the court. He was part of another team, Masters of the Mind where he could use logic, math, and problem solving to win contests with his teammates.
The story of two sets of twins, fraternal twins Owen and Russell, and identical twins Mitch and Marcus, takes some unexpected terms in DOUBLE DRIBBLE. Told in easy, alternating chapters, first by Owen, then by Russell, the reader can see the action and problems through the eyes and voices of two very different twins. Athlete or Mathlete? Is it possible to be both?
For classroom connections, the 31-page Kids Wings Literature Guide and 53-slide Jeopardy-type interactive game for DOUBLE DRIBBLE will extend the fun, hone reading skills through multiple-choice and short answer questions, stimulate interaction through discussion, inspire problem-solving in logic and crossword puzzles, stimulate character development, and lay the foundation for understanding the importance for balancing athletics with academics. One real challenge will be to determine how the chapter titles represent the events in the chapter!
The Kids Wings literature guide by Suzy Red comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF for ease in projection for a large group and printing. The activities include:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Where in the World are Oregon and Minnesota, A Map Study
2-Page Choral Reading Script (to the rhythm of "Casey at the Bat")
Research: TWINS, FRATERNAL OR IDENTICAL
Research: THE PERIODIC TABLE
5 Grouped Chapters: Vocabulary List, Predict-Read-Confirm Chapter Questions
Multiple Choice and Short Answer Chapter Check-ups
Visualizing the Text, Draw Your Answer
Math With Standard and Military Time, Chapter 6
Crossword Puzzle: Sabatoge!
Writing: My Brother's Keeper
Basketball at Its Best and Its Worse, Logic Puzzle
What It Was Was Basketball--Writing/Vocabulary Lesson Plan
Taboo Basketball, A Vocabulary Development and Writing Lesson Plan
Discussion and Writing Prompts
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint for a slam-bang conclusion!
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