Hope Solo: My Story (Young Readers' Edition)

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Meet Hope Solo—Soccer Sensation

In this young readers' edition of Hope Solo's exciting life story, adapted from Solo: A Memoir of Hope, the Olympic gold medalist and starting goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team gives readers behind-the-scenes details of her life on and off the field. Solo offers a fearless female role model for the next generation, driven to succeed on her own terms. Young fans will truly be inspired by Hope's repeated triumphs over adversity. Her relentless spirit has molded her into the person she is today—one of the most charismatic athletes in America.

A huge player in the Summer 2012 Olympic Games, Hope shares her inside story in her own words, for soccer fans of all ages!

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Curriculet Details
38 Questions
41 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring main idea and summarizing, as well as annotations with photos and videos of Hope Solo’s life. Students will explore the themes of overcoming obstacles and believing in yourself. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1 Life Behind the Smiley Face

Richland, Washington is located in the southeastern part of the state.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is it hard for Hope's mother to have the children feel like a family? 
A memoir is a written account in which someone describes past experiences. This memoir is written by Hope herself so it is in the first person point of view. 

Chapter 2 God's Second Paradise

Which clues below let you know this memoir is written in the first person point of view? 
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of chaos. You will see that it has three definitions. Which definition below most closely matches how chaos is used on this page? 

Chapter 3 A Double Identity

Many times when you read, you will be asked questions that are not directly stated in the story. You will have to make an inference. This video explains how to make inferences.  (This annotation contains a video)
What can you infer about Hope's feelings when she begs her Dad to come see her play basketball? 
The image below shows the different soccer positions. Hope is playing forward and goalkeeper.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 4 Somewhere—Anywhere—Far Away

Which statement below best explains why Hope cannot play ODP this year? 
The website belows gives a girl's opinion of Title IX.  (This annotation contains a link)
The article above gives Torie's opinion of Title IX. Compare Torie's viewpoint with Hope's using information you have learned in this story. 
Why are Hope's feelings about Lesle included in this section of the memoir? 

Chapter 5 Bare-Branched but Ready to Bloom

As you read, remember to read the titles of the chapters. They will give you clues as to what the chapter will be about. 
Below is an image of a "bare-branched but ready to bloom" cherry tree.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Hope compare herself to a "bare-branched but ready to bloom" cherry tree? 
Hope is getting respect from coaches on the national team because of her work at the Pan-American games. The sequence of events that have led to this day is important in this story. This video explains sequence of events.  (This annotation contains a video)
Hope explains the routine of game day where her family is concerned. Who is the last person from her family she speaks with after a game? 
Do you think Hope is making the right decision not to go to the shelter? Do you think she should confide in her teammates about the reason she is not going? 

Chapter 6 The '99ers

How is this training camp different from the other soccer camps Hope has attended? 
The Olympics happen every four years. If Hope does not make this team, she will have to wait four more years to try again. 
Who are Hope's lifelong teammates? 
Here is a picture of Coach Lesle Gallimore.  (This annotation contains an image)
Based on what you read in this chapter about Hope's relationship with her Dad, how will she react to the news that her father is accused of murder? 

Chapter 7 "I Should Have Died a Long Time Ago"

A cause is why something happens. An effect is what happens. As you read be a detective to find causes and effects. This video will explain this reading strategy.  (This annotation contains a video)
Hope's Dad has had a rough life. What is the effect of this life? 
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 8 An Arm Like Frankenstein

In the title of this chapter, Hope is comparing her arm to Frankenstein. When a writer compares an object using like or as it is called a simile. Read on to find out why she thinks her arm is like Frankenstein. 
What is the effect of Hope's injury? 
Tournament play after the season is over is determined by a committee. They look at which teams have had a good record during the season.  
Hope has finally fulfilled a dream and is drafted by a professional soccer team, but she has made many sacrifices along the way. Explain three sacrifices she has had to make. Be sure to include evidence from the novel to support your claim. 

Chapter 9 Made in the WUSA

Think about how the Philadelphia Charge is similar and different to the other teams Hope has played for. This is called comparing and contrasting, and this video explains how to use this reading strategy. (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement below explains how the Philadelphia Charge is different from Hope's UW team? 
Hope's time in Sweden may not have been witnessed first hand by the Olympic coaches, but they could tell she has been working hard and want to bring her on the team. 
What does Hope mean when she says there was a "huge national team shakeup"? 

Chapter 10 Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

You can see in the map below that Lyon, France where Hope is currently living is very far from the United States. News of who is the head coach of the national team is not a big deal to Hope because she believes talent is what is most important. (This annotation contains an image)
Are you an introvert or an extravert? The article below explains the two personality types. (This annotation contains a link)
Hope discovers that she is an introvert. Are you the same as Hope or different? Use evidence from this memoir, as well as information about yourself, in your answer. 
If Mark is reading this memoir he now knows Hope's version of the events that led to his firing. Do you think he will finally forgive her and speak to her again? 

Chapter 11 "Only a Daughter Cries Like That"

Why does Hope repeat the word "another" three times in this sentence? 
The photo below is of Hope and her Dad.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Hope determined to play in the New Jersey game? 
At times you will be asked to write a summary of a book or a chapter. This video explains what to include in a summary.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 12 Shadows

Write a summary of this chapter, Shadows. 

Chapter 13 "You Can't Go by a Gut Feeling"

Remember North Korea is not a team that the Americans usually play. They also were unable to scout, or send coaches to the North Korean practices to see what type of team they had. This puts Hope's team at a disadvantage. 
Why is Hope writing a journal to her Dad? 
In novels, a theme is the underlying message. This video will explain theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
What theme below is emerging in this memoir? 
Youth soccer players may accidentally score a goal for the other team, but this is not expected in professional soccer. 

Chapter 14 Stepping into Liquid

Below is a link to Hope's post-game interview, as well as brief comments from Brianna and Greg. Click on the play button to see the video. (This annotation contains a video)
How does the video above help you understand Hope's feelings? 
Which event below is dramatic? 
Why do you think the veterans want Hope to apologize if they are not willing to accept the apology? 
Why are Greg and her teammates still bringing up Hope's interview in the press conference? 
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 15 "Don't Let the Devil Steal Your Joy"

Read this poem, Our Challenges.  (This annotation contains a link)
Compare the poem above with Hope's current situation. Be sure to include evidence from both the poem and this memoir in your response. 
Brett Hall is showing how to forgive and move on. This is courageous of him because it is going against his boss Greg. 
How does Hope's "medal ceremony" differ from her team's ceremony? 

Chapter 16 The New #1

When reading it is important to use all of the strategies you have been taught. This video reviews six of them.  (This annotation contains a video)
When Joey reads this line of the novel he thinks back to when his coach started him in basketball even though he has not been making all of his free throw shots. Which reading strategy is Joey using? 
A plane ticket to China from Washington state can start at $1200 round trip. This does not include the cost of the hotel or the meals.  
Why is this paragraph important? 
The video below shows Hope's amazing save.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does the video above help in your comprehension of this section? 

Chapter 18 Unprofessional Professionals

The title of this chapter, Unprofessional Professionals seems to contradict itself. The prefix "un-" means not. How can a professional not be a professional? Read on to find out what Hope means. 
Why does Hope include this information about her travels to Soweto? 

Chapter 19 Seattle's Finest

Hope is trying to recover in half the time it takes a regular person to recover. This shows what a determined person she is. 
What do the words "Snap. Crackle. Pop. Moan." signify? 
Pia is saying to Hope one half or the whole game will not determine your ability to start in the World Cup. Your performance when you are on the field will determine that outcome. 
Why is this chapter titled "Seattle's Finest"? 

Chapter 20 It Just Takes One

What's the main idea of this chapter? This song will explain how to find the main idea.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement below best describes the main idea of this game with Brazil up to this point? 

Chapter 21 The Silver Lining

The phrase "silver lining" is used when you want to emphasize the hopeful side of a situation that might seem bleak on the surface. 
The word rookie has three meanings. Which meaning below shows how rookie is used in the sentence on this page?  
The photo below shows one of the fan's signs.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Hope not extremely disappointed in the team's loss? 

Chapter 22 Fairy-Tale Ending

Here is a picture of Hope on Dancing with the Stars.  (This annotation contains an image)
Here is a video of Hope's first dance on Dancing with the Stars.  (This annotation contains a video)
How are Hope's dancing skills similar to her soccer skills? How are they different? Use evidence from the video and this memoir in your response. 
Quiz for Section Three 
Be sure to read on. Hope writes acknowledgments and answers some more questions in the sections following Chapter 22.