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H Is for Hockey: An NHL Alumni Alphabet

Shea, Kevin (Author)
Dewar, Ken (Illustrator)
Sleeping Bear Press 2012. 32 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9781585367948 (hardcover)
9781627535465 (e-book)
Original language: English
Dewey: 796.962
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, multigenre, multimodal, recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This picture book uses each letter of the alphabet to focus on a particular topic in the history and lore of hockey, from “Alumni” to “Brothers” to “Canada” and so on, while the accompanying paragraphs fill in the facts: “the National Hockey League Alumni is a charitable organization that rallies former NHL players around various causes and supports them in the transition to life after the rink”; “a number of brothers have shared the ice”; “hockey was first played in Canada.”

The verse in this hockey abecedarian consists of simple four-line poems, with each one identifying the letter for which it is written: “I is for ice./It’s so cold to the touch./With a stick and a puck/it’s enjoyed oh so much!” The satisfyingly predictable language of the poems and the fairly extensive prose information make for a book that can be flipped through at random.

The realistic full-page colour images capture dramatic moments in the sport, both on the rink and off, from a young fan eagerly peering at the Stanley Cup to a crucial slapshot at the 1980 Olympics. The illustrations feature many hockey greats, both in portrait and action shots, and also include unidentified cameos (Guy Lafleur, for example, is shown dropping the puck in the letter A’s faceoff).

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    Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame website and choose an article that interests you. Write about what you learn and share it with a partner.

  •  

    Browse a few alphabet books. What do they have in common? What can you expect when you read an alphabet book? Start a chart about alphabet books.

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    Choose one of the pages as the inspiration for a narrative. Be sure to include interesting facts from the book.

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    Choose a subject that interests you and brainstorm related vocabulary and concepts. Choose appropriate first letters and make your own ABC book.

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    Brainstorm what you know about hockey. Why is it one of Canada’s two national sports?

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    Find keywords related to hockey and, with a partner, incorporate them into a short text.

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    What do all great hockey players have in common? With the help of the stories in the book and your own knowledge, make a list of their qualities and skills. What other sports or jobs would value those qualities and skills?

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    Skim through the pages, glancing at the hockey images and the letter associated with each. With a partner, recall and discuss how each letter links to hockey.

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    While you read, look for adjectives that describe the players that are mentioned. Add to an ongoing anchor chart of vocabulary to describe people.

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    With a partner, develop a new set of hockey words beginning with each letter of the alphabet, or choose a new sport and do the same. Find an image for each word and present your new text to the class.

  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Personal Development
  • Physical Education and Health