Sports and Games

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Participation in sports and games can take many different forms—as a player or a spectator, solo or as part of a team, in a formal athletic event or in a game of one’s own making. The poems and stories in this mini-anthology explore athletics in all of these forms, with a particular emphasis on American and British sports. The accompanying articles and activities broaden young learners’ understanding of sports and sports culture and encourage them to participate in sports activities themselves.


Casey at the Bat by Ernest L. Thayer
First Game by A. A. Milne
Mixed Hockey by P. G. Wodehouse
To an Athlete Dying Young by A. E. Housman

Some Aspects of Game-Captaincy by P. G. Wodehouse
A Plea for Indoor Golf by P. G. Wodehouse

The Olympic Games
Scaled-Down Sports

Playing Backyard Games
Making a Pennant

Further Reading
Guide to Illustrations