Go Team: Mascots

 Most schools and sports teams have mascots.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a mascot as “a person, animal, or object adopted by a group as a symbolic figure especially to bring them good luck.”

Many mascots, such as tigers, bears, lions, and eagles symbolize qualities like bravery or strength.

Others represent the region that the team comes from, such as lumberjacks, oil field workers, pilots.

While the same image on the team’s logo might look fierce, the mascot usually looks friendly and humorous. Its purpose is to unite the fans.

The Portland Timbers’ Lumberjack comes out after a winning game to cut a log with a chainsaw.

The University of Oregon’s mascot is a duck.

 

I recently asked my students to choose a personal mascot. One said he would like a hawk because it was a solitary hunter. Another said she would like a turtle because it worked slowly and steadily towards a goal. Yet another said a panda bear because they are easy-going and mischievous.

What mascot would you choose and why? What qualities does it embody?

I would choose a __________________________ because it seems __________________________.

I would choose a dog because it seems friendly and happy-go-lucky.

To me, a _____________________ represents _________________________________________.

To me, a dog represents loyalty.

I think a ______________________ would be a good choice for me because it symbolizes _____________________________.

I think a dog would be a good choice for me because it symbolizes friendship.

I would choose a _____________________ because it makes me feel ___________________________.

I would choose a dog because it makes me feel cheerful.

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