The Baltimore Ravens Win The Super Bowl

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Ray Lewis won the last game he will ever play in the National Football League.Image: Blueg9

The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl on Sunday, edging out the San Francisco 49ers.

The Super Bowl is professional football’s biggest and most important game.

Baltimore won 34 to 31.

Going into the Super Bowl, neither team was heavily favoured to win. However, by half-time the score was 21 to 6 for the Ravens.

At the beginning of the second half there was an interesting play. Jacoby Jones returned the opening kick-off for a 108-yard touchdown. It is tied for the longest kick-off return ever made.

(The 49ers kicked the ball to the back of the Ravens’s end zone. The Ravens’s Jones caught the ball and ran it all the way up the field, 108 yards, for a touchdown.)

Shortly after that, a different kind of history was made when half the power in the stadium–including lights and the scoreboard–went out. One half of the stadium had lights and the other half didn’t. Fortunately, the stadium overall was well lit and no one was injured. The power outage was caused by an electrical problem outside the stadium.

Play was delayed until the situation was fixed and the power came back on.

That delay helped the 49ers, who rallied in the second half. However, the Ravens managed to hang on to their lead and win the game.

Every Super Bowl has some unique elements and for this year’s big game in New Orleans it had to do with the coaches. The two head coaches of the teams that played are brothers.

The 49ers’s head coach is Jim Harbaugh; his brother, John Harbaugh, is the head coach of the Ravens. They are the first brothers ever to face off in the Super Bowl.

Another exciting story from this year’s game has to do with Ray Lewis. He is a superstar linebacker and Sunday’s game was the last one of his long and stellar career.

The Super Bowl’s half-time show is always a hot topic. Because so many people watch the Super Bowl, it attracts big stars for the extravaganza that plays half-way through the game. This year, performers included singer Beyoncé and her former band, Destiny’s Child.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
By Jonathan Tilly

Writing/Discussion Prompt
During the game, the power went off for over 30 minutes. When the electricity was restored, and the game continued, the 49ers roared back and scored 17 points! How can time to reflect help a team or an individual gain success?

Reading Prompt: Comprehension Strategies
There are many different comprehension strategies that readers use to help them understand the text they are reading. Sometimes readers will brainstorm about the topic before they start reading. Sometimes readers visualize what the text is communicating. And some people ask themselves questions while reading in order to make sure they understand the text? What comprehension strategies did you use in order to understand today’s article?

Primary & Junior
Identify a variety of reading comprehension strategies and use them appropriately before, during, and after reading to understand texts (OME, Reading: 1.3).

Intermediate
Identify a variety of reading comprehension strategies and use them appropriately before, during, and after reading to understand increasingly complex texts (OME, Reading: 1.3).

Grammar Feature: Possessives
When a word is possessive, it tells ownership or to whom something belongs. An apostrophe followed by the letter “s” ( ‘s ) is often placed after a noun (person, place, or thing) in order to let the reader know who the possessor is. For example, today’s article includes many possesive nouns: “Destiny’s Child,” “this year’s big game,” and “The Super Bowl’s half-time show.”

Place an apostrophe where they are missing in the list below in order to make the nouns possessive.

1. New Orleans hosted the Superbowl.
2. The last game of Baltimores season was a good one.
3. The fans cheered for their teams.
4. Jim and Johns parents were very proud of their sons teams.
5. Joe Flaccos Ravens were too much the 49ers defence.