Play ball


Baseball is the national pastime in the U.S. This well-loved game teaches participants and spectators so many lessons, including teamwork, sportsmanship, and dealing with failure and success. This reading set spotlights baseball, and includes fiction and nonfiction as well as prose and poetry. Play ball!

Reading Passages In This Set


Jackie Robinson: The Man Who Changed Baseball Forever

by RV Staff Writer J.C.H.

Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major league...

1,006 Words, 8th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, and Summary


Emma's Big Game

Emma's baseball team is playing in the championship game, and Emma wants to win more than anything. Will she be able to help he...

408 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, Story Elements, and Summary


Casey at the Bat

by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

Ernest Lawrence Thayer wrote “Casey at the Bat” in 1...

604 Words, 4th-6th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues and Figurative Language


A Winning Smile

It's hard starting a new school. It's even harder when you are sporting a mouth full of shiny braces. In this passage, Gina is ...

254 Words, 7th-9th Grades, 420L - 730L, Character Traits, Compare and Contrast, Figurative Language, and Summary


Samantha at Bat

Samantha found a magical stone that grants wishes. She has helped two people so far and now wants to help herself. She’s never ...

472 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, 420L - 730L, Summary and Theme