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Jacqueline Woodson Writes About Football

Jacqueline Woodson’s novel Before the Ever After is about football and the relationship between a father and son. It is written in the voice of a 12-year-old boy whose father was a star professional football player but now suffers from a degenerative brain disease. In this audio story, Woodson discusses how her purpose for the book was to show the whole story of football. Listen to learn more about Woodson’s descriptive writing process and to hear her read excerpts from the book.


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Story Length: 7:48

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • In what ways did Andrew Carnegie’s libraries serve their communities?
  • How did Carnegie benefit from a library when he was growing up?
  • Which personality traits helped propel Carnegie from poverty to riches? Bring specific details from the story to support your ideas.
  • According to Carnegie, what should rich people do with their money and why? Why was Carnegie known as both generous and “brutal”?

Discussion Themes

  • In your opinion, what should really rich people do with their fortunes?
  • What does it take for a person to rise from “rags to riches”?

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