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Ninth Grade Literature -- Heroes in literature
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Jackie Robinson

Watch this video from Discovery Education about Jackie Robinson joining the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Jackie Robinson (1952) from Sports Illustrated

Read the article on pages 744 - 747.

Answer the following questions.

On page 747 answer numbers 1 - 6.

Now answer these questions.

1.  What is the mood of this essay?  Quote THREE specific words that create the mood.

2. Restate the author's thesis (the main idea of the essay) in your own words?

3.  Whose point of view is the essay told from?  How does this point of view affect how you feel about the piece of writing?

4.  How did Jackie Robinson continue to inspire others and be a hero even after retirement?

5.  How did Jackie Robinson change things in baseball specifically and in all of America?

6.  What does it mean to be "bigger than life?"  Is this the definition of what it means to be a hero?


Ex-Refugee is Nominated for Justice Post

Viet Dihn from BPSOS

Read the article on page 265.

Answer the following questions.

On page 266 of the text do numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 11.

Now answer these.

1.  All non-fiction has a thesis or main idea -- what is the main idea emphasized here?

2.  This is a newspaper article.  A newspaper article normally answers the FIVE W questions: who, what, where, when, and why.  Explain what the answers are to the five Ws in this article.


Heroes with Solid Feet

Kirk Douglas from

Read the article on pages 721 - 732.

Answer the following questions.

On page 724 of the text answer numbers 1 -4 of reading check and 1 - 5 of the test practice.

Now answer these.

1.  Quote one example of a flashback in the article.

2.  What do you see as the purpose of this article?  In other words, why did the author write it?

3.  Explain in your own words what Douglas sees as a lifetime achievement.  What do you think of as a lifetime achievement?

4.  Who has een a "little hero" in your life?  Explain in a good paragraph who that person is and why he or she is a hero.


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