Felipe Alou: l’histoire d’un grand champion

Felipe Alou: l’histoire d’un grand champion
Comprehension-Based Reader™
Felipe Alou beat overwhelming odds to become one of baseball's greatest players.

Levels 3 and 4 / Intermediate Low — Intermediate High

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Under ordinary circumstances, the odds of being struck by lightning are greater than the odds of becoming a Major League Baseball player, but Felipe Alou’s circumstances in 1955 were anything but ordinary. He was a black athlete living in the Dominican Republic, and he spoke no English - not exactly a recipe for success in the U.S., especially during the height of the civil rights movement. This is Felipe’s amazing (true) story of perseverance and determination to beat overwhelming odds and insurmountable obstacles to become one of baseball’s greatest players and managers.

The low unique word count and high frequency factor (the number of times core structures are embedded in the text) in the Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘Felipe Alou: l’histoire d’un grand champion’, make this an ideal read for advanced beginning French students. Each page is loaded with cognates (words that are similar in English and French), recycled vocabulary, and illustrations, which makes this read highly comprehensible.


  • Levels 3 and up
  • Past tense
  • Unique word count: 290
  • Total word count: 7700
  • Page count: 61
  • Audio recording embedded in the Student and Teacher Bundles
  • A 492-page Teacher's Guide is also available!
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Felipe Alou: l’histoire d’un grand champion Teacher's Guide

Our Teacher's Guides are loaded with resources to enrich the teaching and learning experience.

  • 492 pages/slides

    In Every Chapter:

    Vocabulary, cognates, comprehension questions, blooming comprehension, quiz, pre-reading discussion questions slideshow


    Slideshows: Le transport, Les maisons et les rues, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Qu’est-ce que vous voulez acheter ?, Rosa Parks, Saint-Domingue, Supermarché, Ségrégation à l’école, Trujillo

    Lectures: La Discrimination, La Famille Rojas Alou, La moyenne à la batte, Le Baseball en République dominicaine – le bien et le mal, Le journal de Felipe, Rosa Parks, Samuel Eto’o et le racisme

    Infographic: La ségrégation résidentielle aux États-Unis, Leadership Word Cloud, Calculer la moyenne à la batte, Une bonne maison, Map Talk of the Caribbean, Song: Quand le virage se met à chanter, Venn Diagram: Comparing Rosa Parks and Felipe Alou

    Features and Highlights:

    5 Phrase Skit, Question Cube, Avantages et inconvénients, Avec la permission ?, Bluff Game, Cacahuètes Game, Charades, Dessiner, Écrire, Passer, Did it happen?, Discussion Thursday , Double Play, E “quip” ed, Emoji Theater, Emotional Mind Readers, Emotional Roller Coaster, En premier, Ensuite, Après, Eventful, Feu Rouge ou Feu Vert ?, Game Smashing, Les tentations, Marker Partner Game: Chapitres 1 à 4, Mot de passe Game, Mots croisés, On Deck, On the Ball, Order Up, Play ball! Summative Review Game, Pre-Reading Discussion Questions Slideshow, Premier, Prochain, Dernier, Qu’est-ce que tu as appris ? , Qu’est-ce que vous avez appris ? Timeline, Reader’s Theater Scripts, Shake it up! “Appropriate Consequences”, Shrinking Bingo Strips, The Splits, Two Truths and a Lie, Two Truths and a Lie – Student Created, What’s the Word?, Which Came First?, Which is Which? Venn Diagram, Who is it?, Who Said It?, Word Search


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