Power Forward: Chasing the Dream

PowerForwardPower Forward: Chasing the Dream
Written by Hena Khan and Sally Wern Comport

Publisher’s Summary:
Fourth-grader Zayd yearns to play basketball on the Gold Team, but when he skips orchestra rehearsal to practice, his parents forbid anything basketball-related, and tryouts are coming soon.

Primary Source Pairing:
Zayd loves basketball. He loves playing the game, playing basketball video games, and dreams of making the Gold Team. At the heart of this book is Zayd’s love for his family and the game of basketball. Many readers will be familiar with the game of basketball, but the game of kabaddi, as introduced by Nana Abu (Zayd’s grandfather), will likely be a new sport to learn about. For this primary source pairing,  invite students to watch a video of the sport kabaddi being played. Encourage students to make connections to how they see the game being played to other sports they know.

Learn more about the rules of kabaddi here: https://www.rulesofsport.com/sports/kabaddi.html.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see and hear.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What people and objects are shown?
  • What is the physical setting?
  • What’s happening in the image?
  • What do you notice about the game of kabaddi?
  • Does kabaddi remind you of other sports?
  • Would you be interested in playing kabaddi?
  • Make a connection to what you see in the video to something you read in the book Power Forward: Chasing the Dream.

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
“Playing Kabaddi in Japan” video, posted by Nesnad on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kabaddi-japan-2015-10-4.webm#file