Activity: Give Some Advice to a Pro
to Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Health & Wellness
Web Link Description
Students will undoubtedly recognize some of the emotions
described in I Stink!, an article about
self-esteem originally written for Sports Illustrated
for Kids: Sports Parents magazine. Invite students
to read the anecdote-filled article that offers advice
for parents and young people on how to maintain self-esteem
when faced with a personal setback or disappointment.
The anecdotes reflect real experiences and include the
story of how Michael Jordan handled disappointment when
he failed to make the tenth-grade basketball team.
to read about strategies for improving
to learn how to deal with disappointments
to write a letter of advice
Ask students to think about the physical, social,
or academic activities that they do well. Encourage
them to share accomplishments by describing how
they have succeeded at a difficult task. Then, ask
students to describe situations when they have been
disappointed. Answers may include not making a team
or not being invited to a party. Explain that disappointments
happen to everyone in life at one time or another,
and that there are ways to handle them without feeling
If you are using Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Health
& Wellness, have students read the suggestions
for improving self-esteem on pages 66-69. Invite
students to visit the I Stink!
Web site where sports psychologists share strategies
for keeping disappointments in perspective. Tell
students that both parents and young people can
learn from the stories at the site.
Distribute student activity sheets and help students
navigate the Web site if necessary. Before students
read the article, have them look at the questions
on their activity sheets. Tell students they may
fill in the answers as they read. Then have students
write a letter of encouragement to Michael Jordan
about his failure to make the school basketball
Print the online student
activity sheet to create a blackline master.
Sharing the Activity
Collect student letters
and post them on a bulletin board along with a picture
of Michael Jordan, if possible. You may also want to
ask volunteers to read their letters aloud.
Have students role-play the encouraging words they would
say to a friend who didn't make the team or get a part
in a play.
As students study successful political leaders, such
as Franklin D. Roosevelt and other famous people, ask
them to investigate what these people did to avoid becoming
discouraged in times of disappointment. Your school
or public library should contain age-appropriate biographies.
Home School Connections
Print the online family
activity sheet to create a blackline master. For
best results, be sure that your browser's font size
has been set to "12" and that your browser
has been set to print in "portrait mode."