Baseball Close Reading for Grades 6-12 ELA

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Baseball's Opening Day & Other Readings: A close reading packet for 6-12 ELA classroom


This is a resource that I use in my classroom every year during the week of Baseball’s opening days (typically the first or second week in April). It's a great way to get sport-interested students involved in the close reading process.

The resources included are:

1. Opening Day: Baseball’s Clean Slate: This is an original informational text that I wrote and researched. All copyrights remain with me.

2. Three sets of questions corresponding to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd readings.

3. Opening Day cartoon from 1954 and corresponding questions relating to the ad and the main informational text.

4. “On Opening Day” a 2005 poem by SW Campbell and corresponding questions relating to the poem and the main informational text.

5. Three songs related to baseball with corresponding questions to use as other close reading texts.

6. Baseball vocabulary crossword puzzle requiring internet research skills

7. Four pages of baseball phrases matching requiring internet research skills

8. Answer keys for the crossword puzzle and match-ups

Pacing from my middle school classroom is below. All activities are also suited for a high school classroom.

Day 1: Students read Opening Day together as a class and complete 1st read questions in cooperative groups. I also pass out the baseball vocabulary crossword puzzle for students to work on throughout the week.

Day 2: Students read Opening Day with a partner and complete 2nd read questions with a partner. Often, I will give the 3rd reading as homework for students to complete on their own.

Day 3: Quickly go over any questions that confused students from the homework. Opening Day Cartoon and Poem are done in class in cooperative groups or whole class. It’s important to associate these with the Opening Day informational text. Class discussion regarding mood, tone, and theme.

Day 4: Choose 1 – 3 songs to further close reading practice. The number of songs I use depends on my class’ ability levels and time available.

Day 5: Wrap the week up with a fun activity of researching interesting baseball phrases on the internet. I have my class work in partners or groups on this activity. Again, it depends on my class’ ability levels and time available.

**This resource addresses all ten CCSS**


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Baseball Close Reading for Grades 6-12 ELA
Baseball Close Reading for Grades 6-12 ELA
Baseball Close Reading for Grades 6-12 ELA
Baseball Close Reading for Grades 6-12 ELA