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The Great Ball Game. A Muskogee Story Let’s Predict… What could this story be about? Predicting: Good readers predict what will happen next. When reading they make predictions, then confirm or revise those predictions as they go.

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the great ball game

The Great Ball Game

A Muskogee Story

Let’s Predict…

What could this story be about?

Predicting:Good readers predict what will happen next. When reading they make predictions, then confirm or revise those predictions as they go.

muskogee creek nation history

The Muscogee (Creek) people are descendents of a remarkable culture that, before 1500 AD, spanned all the region known today as the Southeastern United States. Early ancestors of the Muscogee constructed magnificent earthen pyramids along the rivers of this region as part of their elaborate ceremonial complexes. The historic Muskogee later built expansive towns within these same broad river valleys in the present states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, then later moved to Oklahoma.

Later, we will look at slides of this American Indian Nation.

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The Great Ball Game…
  • Is a folktale written as a play.
  • A play is a story that is written to be acted out in front of other people.
  • In a folktale, the author will try to explain why something happens in nature.
drawing conclusions
Drawing Conclusions
  • Good readers “READ BETWEEN THE LINES”.
  • Readers use the information the author gives them to get a bigger picture about a character or event.




Words to know:

  • argument
  • creature
  • penalty
  • prove
  • fair
  • goalposts
  • swift
  • stumbled
  • proud

Can you tell what they mean AND use each in a sentence?





  • Good readers form what is happening in the story in their mind.
  • They create mental images as they read.
  • They picture the setting, characters, and the action in the story.
have a purpose
Have a Purpose!

As you read…

  • Think about who’s playing.
  • What are the rules?
  • Who will win the game?
focus questions
? Focus Questions ?

1. Why do birds fly south every winter?

2. How would you feel if you wanted to play a game and weren’t allowed?

3. Why is it important to include everyone who wants to play in a game?

let s read now
Let’s Read Now!

Remember to follow along with you eyes and

your finger!

I’m watching you!!!

checking comprehension
Checking Comprehension

1.What did the Birds and Animals decide to do to see which group was better?

2.Why didn’t the Birds accept Bat on their team?

3.Who won the game and what was the penalty?

discussing the selection
Discussing the Selection

1. How was playing a game used to settle an argument?

2. How did Bat prove to be a good team player for the Animals?

3. Why do birds fly south for the winter

and bats fly at dusk?

theme connections
Theme Connections
  • How did the teams choose their players?

2. Why was it interesting that Bat won the game?

3. In what other story did the characters learn to get along with each other?

4.How is the Great Ball Game like games you’ve played. Explain.

Creek Indians belong to any of 19 tribes that once occupied much of what are now Alabama, Georgia, and Northwest Florida. The largest Creek tribes were the Alabama, Muskogee, and Seminole.
  • The Creeks were given the "Creek" name by the European settlers because of the tribe's custom of establishing their villages by a creek.
  • By the 1500's, several Creek tribes had joined together to form the Creek Confederacy. Most Creeks were farmers.
  • During the early 1800's, the Creeks fought a series of wars with white settlers who wanted their lands. In the 1830's, the U.S. Government forced the Creek to move to the Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma. Many Creek hid to escape resettlement.
muskogee nation
Muskogee Nation

Menewa,Chief of the Redstick Muskogee (Upper Creek) 

born probably at Okfuskee, about 1766, died in the Creek Nation west,

but year of death not known.

Creek leader Hopothle Mico 1790.

  • William McIntosh was a leader of the Creek Nation from Coweta.

History…THE PAST

Creek Indians

here s some facts about the creek indians
Here’s some facts about The Creek Indians.


  • The chief, also known as micros, was the leader of the village. The leader forms a council.


  • The shelter of these Native Americans is two different kinds. One of them is the winter house. The winter house was enclosed , with NO windows. Another one is the summer house. It was on four poles to support the thatched (roof made of straw), the poles were 40 feet tall. They also had a kitchen, a granary and storeroom.


  • The Creek Indians got their food from the creek. They ate fish, clams, oysters, and game to survive. Mayan introduced northern corn. Some other animals they hunted were big game, birds, and caribou [deer]. Sometimes they would make a fire at a part of the forest to flush the deer into the open.


  • They developed there own language. For Example:        dress =honnv and wild = honece


  • Women used deer skin for skirts and grass shawl on their shoulder. Children didn't wear clothes until their 12 or 13 years old.
american idol muskogee nation
American Idol & Muskogee Nation
  • Carrie Underwood, the country singer who stole the hearts of Americans and American Idol judges won two Grammy Awards. One for "Best Female Vocal Performance" and "Best New Artist.“
  • Underwood was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and grew up in the Creek Nation town of Checotah. She is a tribal member of Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma and attended Northeastern State University in the Cherokee Nation's capital of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.


games we play
Games we play…
  • Sports
  • Board games
  • PE games
  • Learning games
  • Video games
  • Card games
  • Word games
let s write
Let’s Write!

Now you can write about YOUR

favorite game.

*write how to play it

*write about a

a memorable game

*write about

why you like it

*write about a

team you’ve been on

*write about what

you’d like to play

when you get older