Here is a 2-page activity to be used in conjunction with MODULE 3A UNIT 1 of the New York State Common Core analyzing the two articles presented in Lessons 4 and 5: "Roots of American Sports" and "Sports in America". Page 1 requires students to use "close reading" skills to identify supportive evidence of two common themes of both articles. Page 2 requires students to choose which article they think provides a more thoughtful and informative analysis of the importance of sports in America. Students must cite evidence to support their opinions. Can be completed independently or cooperatively. Could also be used as an assessment tool.