Basketball for women by Nancy Lieberman.
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Come up with five open-ended questions about the section of the text you have read.
1) How did you feel when you started reading this book?
2) What do you think the aim of this book is?
3) How does the unfairness of the women’s team being over looked make you feel?
4) Do you think men and women should have equal rights?
5) What did you predict might happen when Nancy Lieberman and Michael Jordan played each other in a 1v1?

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In four sentences that use connecting words, explain connection that you can see between the section of text you have just read and the real world:

Text to text: Another book you’ve read or a text by the same author.
A text similar to Basketball for women by Nancy Lieberman is ‘Don’t let the lipstick fool you’ By Lisa Leslie. Lisa Leslie was also a professional basketball player (who likewise has now retired.) However Lisa’s book is more of an autobiography compared to Nancy’s book which is informative. Although Basketball for women is an informative text it does supply information from her own experiences and personal life.

Text to self: A similar event or experience in your life.
Basketball for women is relevant to me due to it being an informative book on basketball. I can relate my passion towards this sport to Nancy whilst learning the game better and also learning more about Nancy. This book has also provided me with drills, exercises and tips I can do to help me improve.

Text to world: a place or time, a person or problem, something that happened at home or school, etc.
Nancy Lieberman’s nickname is ‘lady magic’ due to her substantial similarities towards the legend, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. Some of the similarities they share include their athletic ability, charisma, and the impact they have had on their leagues. Nancy set a lot of standards for women to follow in basketball and as did Magic for men.


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Choose five events that take place through the book that you think could be illustrated in some way. List your choices in chronological order.

1) In 1892, Senda Berenon introduces basketball to Smith College students.


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2) The first official women’s basketball game is played at Smith College in 1893.

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3) In 1984, the United States wins its first Olympic gold medal in women’s international basketball.

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4) In 1991, Lisa Leslie sets a record by scoring 101 points in the first half of a high school game.

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5) In 2009, the Dallas Maverick’s NBA developmental team in Frisco, Texas, hires hall of famer Nancy Lieberman as the first female head coach in league history.

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Select at least three special passages from this of your reading. You might select a passage because it is; humorous, well written, important, surprising, though-provoking, informative, confusing, controversial or other.

Page 10 – “Don’t mistake activity for success.”
I selected this passage because I think it is important to remember that you will only get better if you do whatever it is you’re trying to do right in the first place. The saying is practice makes perfect when really it is perfect practice that makes perfect. There is no point of doing something if you’re not going to do it properly. If you continue to not do something properly there is no chance of getting better.

Page 11 – “Repetition is the key.”
In order to get better at something you need to practice. You can’t shoot a few three pointers and then expect to never miss one during a game. Repetition is crucial. It is the key to making a successful athlete and that is why I find this passage important.

Page 11 – “Use your time wisely. There are only so many hours in the day.”
To me this passage regards working out what exactly my priorities are and having a balanced lifestyle.

Page 19 – “Your motivation will determine how far you go.”
This passage is a good one to read over especially when you’re not feeling motivated. I enjoy reading it as it helps me to find my motivation when I am lacking it. It reminds me that if I want something I need to work for it and be passionate about it.

Page 23 – “A serious athlete must have confidence and must know she can win.”
I am a shy person and usually lack confidence. So I find this passage relevant as it encourages me to have confidence knowing that it is a requirement to have it in order to be successful in the sporting industry.

Page 31 – “Try not to be stuck with the ‘potential’ label. Keep working and don’t be satisfied. Use potential as motivation.”
This passage is extremely useful to me because I am instantly motivated when I read it. To me this passage means to always keep trying to improve yourself and improve your game. It is good to have potential, although you cannot just let it sit there. You need to use it and turn it into success.

Page 40 – “Don’t ever fear success. Success is in all of us.”
I chose this passage due to it being inspiring to read. It is also a great reminder that we are capable of anything we put our minds too. We shouldn’t be afraid to chase our dreams.

Word list.
Select words from your book, look up their definition and write them down.

Screen: 'When an offensive player legally blocks the path of a defender to open up another offensive player for a shot or to receive a pass'


Traveling: 'Taking more than 'a step and a half' without dribbling the ball is traveling. Moving your pivot foot once you've stopped dribbling is traveling'


Guard: 'These are potentially your shortest players and they should be really good at dribbling fast, seeing the court, and passing. It is their job to bring the ball down the court and set up offensive plays.'


Zone: 'A defensive strategy in which each defensive player covers a particular area of the court, as opposed to guarding a specific player on the other team.'


Safety: 'The offensive player at the top of the circle.'


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Basketball for women, by Nancy Lieberman.
Book review by DOR0006.

Genre: Informative and autobiography.


Basketball for women is an informative book written by Nancy Lieberman. The book contains many facts about the sport providing the reader with knowledge, history of basketball, the rules, regulations and tips to improve their game. Basketball for women also displays drills and workouts that will help build the physical ability of the player. Eating plans and health matters are discussed throughout the book too. The text also focuses on the mental aspect of the game as well as physical. It shows procedures to follow in order to build confidence, work as a team player and develop a winning attitude. Although this book is an informative piece it is also like an autobiography! I say this due to Nancy sharing her beliefs, great achievements and events that have happened throughout her life during the book. Not only does this book cater for players looking to improve but it caters for coaches too. There are plays, advice, and drills for coaches to use.


I cannot say what the best part of this book was because I enjoyed it all, not just one particular section. It covers everything you need to know about basketball as well as more.

If you enjoyed Lisa Leslie’s book ‘Don’t let the lipstick fool you’ I recommend you reading Basketball for women. These two books are similar due to them both being autobiographies however Basketball for women provides more information about the game as well as how you can improve.


I would choose to read this book before a game due to how much information the book provides about improving your game. By reading this before a game it gives you the opportunity to incorporate what you have learnt into your game.

If this book had a soundtrack I honestly believe it would be an independent female song. I say this due to the book being called ‘basketball for women’ and how during the text it is spoken about how women should have equal rights as men. If I had to select a song I would choose Beyoncé’s song ‘run the world.’

I rate this book 10/10.
I give this rating due to it covering everything that there is to know about basketball. It is easy to read and understand as well. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the sport and looking to improve.


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Topic: Important messages (extension task) – Basketball for women – Nancy Lieberman.

Basketball for women is an informative text and autobiography written by arguably the greatest women basketballer of all time, Nancy Lieberman. Throughout the text Lieberman discusses and conveys many important messages to the audience including motivation, repetition, hard work, patience and focus, developing a winning attitude, becoming a team player, building confidence as well as providing the reader with knowledge of the game to help them improve. Lieberman has done a magnificent job at creating a text that the reader can use and apply to their lifestyle which will help them strive and reach for success as well as becoming a complete player.

Discussed repetitively through multiple chapters are Lieberman’s strong values that she believes are crucial. These values are hard work, determination and motivation. On page nineteen Lieberman states, “You’re motivation will determine how far you go.” You have to be willing to do the hard work in order to achieve the positive outcome you desire and are aiming for. Being motivated and determine is what allows you to work hard. “Be motivated to practice, work hard, and achieve every goal you set.” Lieberman encourages, displayed on page sixteen.

Confidence plays a big role in having a strong and mental attitude which Lieberman states as a requirement on page forty-six. “You need to develop a strong attitude.” What builds confidence is hard work and determination which is why (mentioned above) these are two crucial and important values to Lieberman. Lieberman tries to convey and inform the reader about confidence by incorporating imaginary scenarios: “Confidence allows you to walk onto the court and size up your opponent , and tell yourself there’s no way you’re going to lose to this person or team. You’re going to play to the best of your ability, and your opponent is going to have to outplay you in order to win.” (A visual imagining located on page twenty three.) Lieberman also refers to famous athletes during the text such as Martina Navratilova who was one of the greatest tennis players in the early 1980’s. “Martina didn’t train for success constantly. When she changed her training habits in 1981 and began believing that she could win consistently, she went into every match believing that she couldn’t lose. That’s the attitude you need to take with you on the basketball court.” (An allusion also located on page twenty-three.)

Lieberman has explained the importance and necessity of the mental aspect required for the game however there is another important message, ‘training for the game.’ Physical ability is critical for basketball since the game revolves around fitness components. In order to meet the standards of physical ability that is required in basketball conditioning must take place. “You can’t be good at what you do if you’re not in good shape. Conditioning is your responsibility, and it determines whether you’ll be successful. If you’re in great shape, you’ll have the chance to be great.” Direct quote from Lieberman, page forty-seven. Basketball for women also contains drills that with repetition can be mastered to help the reader become stronger physically and increase their skill level. Lieberman also provides eating plans and work out routines which the audience can apply to their life resulting in a healthier lifestyle.

Basketball for women has many connections and important messages that can be taken from the text and applied to the reader’s game and lifestyle. This will help the reader to develop into a complete player. They are a substantial amount of important messages that Lieberman conveys to her readers that cause them to think and learn as well as discover what they’re capable of. Basketball for women is a brilliant read that intrigues the audience into wanting to acquire more information about skills they can develop and how they can improve their game. This text also covers themes and values that the audience will be able to use in everyday life as well as on the basketball court. Credit to Lieberman who has done an absolute perfect job at forming a text that can develop a reader into a complete player.