A Visitor For Bear

Lesson Summary

Castle Cranshaw, who calls himself Ghost, lives in the city and is fascinated by world records.  One day while watching a track team practice, he challenges a sprinter and catches the eye of the Olympic medalist coach, who persuades him to join the team.  Ghost has a lot of natural talent but he is facing unexpected challenges in how his body is reacting to the intense training.  

Challenge:  Help the coach develop an informational product that informs the athletes on best practices for training and competing.  Students will research 2-4 body systems and how those systems work together to help an athlete.  They will create a product (video, brochure, poster board, etc.) that can be shown at a preseason meeting, such as Meet the Coach, that persuades athletes to keep themselves healthy throughout the season.

*This project would work well with a team of teachers:  ELA, Science, and see Possible Extensions at the end for ways to involve Math and Social Studies standards as well.

STE or Math Standards

  • 6.MS-LS1-3. Construct an argument supported by evidence that the body systems interact to carry out essential functions of life.

ELA Standards

  1. Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
    • 4. Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate vocabulary, eye contact, volume, and pronunciation. (See grade 6 Language Standards 4–6 for specific expectations regarding vocabulary.) 
    • 5. Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify information. 
    • 6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 6 Language Standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)


Ghost by Jason Reynolds