Comparing Two Stories: Sports

Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Character Comparisons, Story 1 Alexis likes ball games of all kinds, and plays soccer, basketball, and softball. As long as she can hit it, kick, throw, it or roll it, she is ready to play! She likes to be on a team and is a big cheerleader for the others when she is not on the field. She likes to help her teammates and will practice with them after the team is done with its practice sessions or games. She congratulates her teammates and likes to line up at the end of games and shake hands with the other team. One day, Betsy, her teammate and soccer goalie, let four balls into the goal in a row! The coach, Mr. Willis, yelled at Betsy until she cried. When she was crying, he called her a sissy. Other kids on the team joined in with taunting, calling her Baby Betsy. Alexis did not call Betsy names. She took her to the side and told her what a good goalie she was and reminded her of all of the other games where the other teams did not score. She offered to come over to Betsy’s backyard and kick balls to her for extra practice. Alexis gave her a hug and told her she was not a sissy or a baby. Alexis told her teammates to stop calling Betsy names. She reminded them of the mistakes they had made in the game, and asked them if they would like to be called babies or sissies. Some of her teammates did apologize to Betsy but others said they were on the coach’s side. One girl, Nancy, told Coach Willis what Alexis had said. Coach Willis called Alexis to the side at the next practice and started yelling at her. He said that he was the boss and she was not. He told her she was to follow his rules and do as he said. Alexis was quiet and said “Yes, sir,” when he was done yelling at her. Alexis knew that she should respect her coach and the team rules, but she did not think it helped them to be yelled at and called names. Alexis asked her mother what she should do about the coach and Betsy. Her mother said she was proud of Alexis for supporting Betsy and speaking up to her teammates. She offered to speak to Mr. Willis, but Alexis said no. Alexis thought he would yell at her even more. She told her mother that she would just wait to see what happened at the remaining games. Before the next game, Alexis practiced with Betsy for 30 minutes. She said encouraging things, like that she was sure they would have a good game and promised to do her best on defense to help defend the goal. After practice, they ran onto the field together. All through the game, Alexis yelled encouraging cheers to Betsy and her other teammates. She made up a cheer: “Our goalie is the besty, our goalie is Betsy!” Soon all of her teammates were cheering. They sang Alexis’s cheer for Betsy after each stop. The whole team cheered whenever anyone on the team made a goal. That game was a big success. Betsy stopped all but one ball that came to the goal. Alexis scored two goals and set up the ball for Nancy to score another. The team won 3-1! Mr. Willis did not yell at all that game. He said nice things to Betsy and the other girls. He smiled when they won and ran on the field to give high fives.

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According to Sandy. At the end of the season. softball. That way. Her father has hired a trainer for her and videotapes all of the practices for her to watch later at home. When her softball teammates made mistakes. Meredith explained that said she did not like to play defense. During one soccer game. Meredith laughed at them and called them names. Meredith started coming later to the games so that she did not have to talk with the others. because she had a trainer and did not need to take advice from people who couldn’t play as well as she could.Comparing Two Stories: Sports Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Character Comparisons. Meredith doesn’t like congratulating people for being lucky. others would not hold her back. let in four goals. She hated to pass the ball and have others lose it because they were not as good at handling the ball as she was. Meredith is a fine athlete. He also said Meredith would rather play tennis anyway. When the games are over. The coach tells her to line up to shake hands with the other team. She knew she could score if the others would get out of her way. Meredith told Sandy that she was a lousy player. since she prefers scoring points to blocking them. Her father told her he does not think it was a good idea to talk with her teammates. Story 2 Meredith plays ball games like basketball. ©2005abcteach. Sandy. He liked them to sit down after the game and talk about how they played and how they could improve.com . Meredith runs to her father and they leave right away. He stands next to the bench at every game and cheers for her. but that if she were the goalie the ball would never get past her. Sandy told Meredith that it wasn’t only the goalie’s job to keep the other team from scoring. One time the coach told her father to move away from the bench. because he called the other girls names. the team’s goalie. Meredith should be more serious about playing defense and support the goalie by blocking balls. Her father always yelled at the other teammates and at her coach. She plays on teams but would rather compete against herself. She always yelled for them to pass the ball to her. The coach encouraged the girls on the team to sit down before a game and talk about how they will play. and soccer. When Meredith played basketball. She dribbled the basketball to the hoop most often without passing. She really likes to play tennis and to run races. she was always upset by the mistakes others made. Her father told the coach that he was a lousy coach and that he had a second rate team. the soccer coach asked Meredith’s father to find another team for Meredith. It bothers Meredith when people aren’t the best or aren’t even trying to be the best. but Meredith and her father tell him they have to go.

Comparing Two Stories: Sports Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Comparison Charts Use the charts to compare Alexis and Meredith.com . Alexis What sports does she play? Meredith What sports does she play? Does she like to be on a team? Does she like to be on a team? How does she treat her teammates? How does she treat her teammates? Does she set up others to score? Does she set up others to score? How does she treat the opposing team? How does she treat the opposing team? How does she treat teammates who fail? How does she treat teammates who fail? Would she make a good team captain? Why? Would she make a good team captain? Why? ©2005abcteach.

Comparing Two Stories: Sports Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Now compare the adults in the story. Alexis How does her coach talk to the girls? Meredith How does her coach talk to the girls? What does her coach do if someone makes a mistake? What does her coach do if someone makes a mistake? Does her coach set a good example for his team? Does her coach set a good example for his team? Would you like to be on hers coach’s team? Would you like to be on her coach’s team? How does Alexis’ mother advise her child on how to treat teammates? How does Meredith’s father advise his child on how to treat teammates? Does Alexis’ mother let Alexis make her own decisions? Does Meredith’s father let Meredith make her own decisions? ©2005abcteach.com .

Parental Guidance Alexis’ mother says ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Meredith’s father says ___________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ 5. Mistakes If someone makes a mistake. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ©2005abcteach. Fill in the blanks with your information. Meredith says __________________________________ 4.Comparing Two Stories: Sports Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Comparison Outline Use the information from your charts to write a compare/contrast response using this outline. Coach Behavior Alexis’ coach ___________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Meredith’s coach ________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Short Writing Use what you have read to write a short paragraph on how Alexis’ behavior affected her team and her coach. 1.com . Teammates Alexis ___________________________________________________ her teammates. 3. Meredith _________________________________________________ her teammates. Being on a Team Alexis ________________________________________________________________ Meredith ______________________________________________________________ 2. Alexis says ____________________________________ If someone makes a mistake.

Comparing Two Stories: Sports Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ VENN DIAGRAM Use the Venn diagram to compare Alexis and Meredith.com . ©2005abcteach.

______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ©2005abcteach.com .Comparing Two Stories: Sports Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ WRITING PROMPT The two stories in this unit concern sportsmanship. In what ways are the girls sportsmanlike? In what ways are they not? Use details from the texts to support your answer.

Does he set a good example for his team? Alexis: No Meredith: Yes Would you like to be on his team? Alexis: No Meredith: Yes How does (mother/father) advise child on how to treat teammates? Alexis: She praises her for encouraging her teammates. Does this parent let the child make her own decisions? Alexis: Yes Meredith: No ©2005abcteach. she is not a team player and criticizes others. criticizes them and calls them names.com . basketball. Meredith: No. How does she treat teammates who fail? Alexis: She tries to make them feel better and comforts and encourages them. softball Meredith: Soccer. What does he do if someone makes a mistake? Alexis: He yells at them and makes them cry. Would she make a good team captain? Alexis: Yes. Meredith: He does not yell and does not allow others to do it either. Meredith: She thinks they are not as good as her and laughs at them. Meredith: He talks about mistakes and ways to make them better as a team. Meredith: She yells at them and criticizes them as not as good as her. How does her coach talk to the girls? Alexis: He yells at them. basketball. she would be a good captain because she encourages her teammates and sets a good example that others follow. Meredith: She does not line up to shake hands. He likes to talk about successes and failures as a team. She leaves early. Meredith: He tells her they are not a good as her and does not correct her when she yells at them and calls them names.Comparing Two Stories: Sports Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Answer Key What sports does she play? Alexis: Soccer. Does she set up others to score? Alexis: Yes Meredith: No How does she treat the opposing team? Alexis: She lines up to shake hands at the end of games. softball. tennis and track Does she like to be on a team? Alexis: Yes Meredith: No How does she treat her teammates? Alexis: She encourages them and congratulates them. He tells her she is better than they are.

Comparing Two Stories: Sports Name ________________________________________ Date ____________________ Outline 1.com . Her behavior was copied by the other teammates and they began to support each other. Mistakes If someone makes a mistake. mocking and critical to her teammates. She made up a cheer to encourage Betsy and got the others to join in. Being on a Team Alexis enjoys being on a team. Meredith feels a team holds her back. Alexis says she will do better next time. Short Writing Answers will vary. Meredith says she is a bad player. Meredith’s father says that the other girls on the team are inferior to Meredith. Meredith is harsh. 4. Meredith’s coach feels that Meredith and her father’s way is not helpful or teamoriented. Teammates Alexis is friendly helpful and encouraging to her teammates. Coach Behavior Alexis’ coach was harsh. Alexis offered to help with extra practice time. Alexis’ coach became more positive as he saw how the team was encouraging and supporting each other. 5. If someone makes a mistake. One possibility is: Alexis encouraged her teammates by cheering and congratulating them. When Betsy was crying and upset by a bad game. Parental Guidance Alexis’ mother says that Alexis is right to support her team. She also reminded her of other games in which she had played well. but followed Alexis’ example of encouragement. ©2005abcteach. 3. 2.

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