Football Fiction capitalizes on student's interest in football by highlighting a fiction book that focuses on the game. This Enrichment can include: reading the book and answering response questions in a journal, learning about aspects of the game, and watching game day footage.

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica:

Review of the Underdogs:

Lesson Plan for Day 1 & 2 already done!

Excellent list of Reader Response Questons from Better Lesson:


You could read a couple of chapters a day, and have the students write in their journals after reading. Students can also do other activities--learning about stats, the math of football, etc. They could watch the Blindside as well!

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