The Baseball Equation
Story Characters - Advantage Format

Stage 3 - Transitional Reader       
                                                             8% of story

My name is Joey Robinson. I like baseball, and I am a great player. Tyler is a great friend, and I wish I could help him learn to play better. Every time I try to help him, it doesn't work. Why can't he hit the ball?

Mr. Lagunas
Stage 3 - Transitional Reader                                                                    11% of story

I'm Mr. Lagunas, the school janitor. I can see Tyler is not doing well in baseball. I wish I could help him. What could I do to make baseball something he understands?


Mrs. Thompson
Stage 4 - Intermediate Reader                                                                 13% of story

I'm Mrs. Thompson, or Coach Thompson, to those on my baseball team. I love teaching everything, from math to baseball. I know I have a winning baseball team this year, and we have some great players.

Stage 4 - Intermediate Reader                                                                20% of story

I'm Tyler Mathews, and I love mathematics! I also love to learn. I have always earned straight "A's," but I know I need to focus on something besides school. I like baseball, but I just can't get the hang of it. I have really good friends who are always there for me. Will somebody be able to help me?



Small Parts
Stage 5 - Advanced Reader                                                                       10% of story

We are some of the kids in Tyler's class. We know he's not good at baseball, so we make fun of him. Maybe if he wasn't such a math nerd, he could learn to play baseball!

I'm Tyler's mom, and I want to see him do well. He's always done well in school, so I don't ever worry about his grades. But it's hard to see him having so much trouble with baseball. I wish there was something I could do.

I'm Jessica Nelson. Joe and Tyler are my friends, and we all play baseball at school. Well, we try to play with Tyler, but he just can't seem to get it. I don't know how to help him.

Stage 5 - Advanced Reader                                                                  38% of story

As the narrator, I am the master storyteller! It's up to me to keep the story alive and interesting with each exciting detail. So, I must read everything with expression and excitement!