A Code of Honor, Not a Referee, Keeps Curlers Honest

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This article discusses the code of conduct around the sport of curling. It is appropriate for young readers and old alike, but if you have struggling readers in your class it might be helpful to have them work in pairs.

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Many people are unfamiliar with the sport of curling. Follow this link to see a short video of the 2010 US Olympic curling team, and get an idea of how they train and what is required to medal in the sport.  (This annotation contains a video)
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In your opinion, do you think athletes should be trusted to police themselves at the Olympics, or should there be referees present at high-stakes competition?  Please explain why you feel this way? 
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In this sentence the word chiefly means 
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Can you think of another sport that is considered a "gentleman's sport"? What factors might contribute to their being less popular in the United States than those with referees?   
Curlers in the heat of competition. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does this sport stand out amongst the sports culture of 2014? Do you think you'd like participating in curling more than other team sports? Explain.  
In this photo from a recent competition you can see curlers at work, and get an idea of what the paragraph is describing. (This annotation contains an image)
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If someone calls a foul on themselves that is a demonstration of  
You can watch this short clip to see what happened to an overly excited LaBonte. (This annotation contains a video)