Realistic (fiction), Trade Book, Lexile 590
This story tells about first baseman, Turtleneck Jones, and how getting hurt changes his confidence playing baseball. He is no longer eager to go after the ball for fear he might get hurt again. When his coach replaces him at first base, Turtleneck really loses all confidence. Matt Christopher tells a story full of action, while teaching about overcoming fears.
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Man Out at First
By Matt Christopher
Trade Book Lesson
Use the reading strategy of retelling to understand the text
Sequence story events
Grammar and Mechanics
Understand the use of proper nouns
Identify homographs used in text
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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