Malcolm Gladwell on Marvin Miller, Curt Flood & Sports Salaries

Malcolm Gladwell on Marvin Miller, Curt Flood & Sports Salaries
Malcolm Gladwell on Marvin Miller, Curt Flood & Sports Salaries
Malcolm Gladwell on Marvin Miller, Curt Flood & Sports Salaries
Malcolm Gladwell on Marvin Miller, Curt Flood & Sports Salaries
Malcolm Gladwell on Marvin Miller, Curt Flood & Sports Salaries
Malcolm Gladwell on Marvin Miller, Curt Flood & Sports Salaries
Malcolm Gladwell on Marvin Miller, Curt Flood & Sports Salaries
Malcolm Gladwell on Marvin Miller, Curt Flood & Sports Salaries
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This lesson encourages students to write a rhetorical analysis and a synthesis essay.

Students learn about Marvin Miller, Curt Flood and the work to create free agency in professional baseball.

Students will read, listen to and view supporting video and audio clips while learning the necessary elements to establish their argument on the theme of compassion and homelessness. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, short paragraph assessments, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP English-style rubric.

The central text is Malcolm Gladwell’s essay, “Talent Grab.” The students will complete an evaluation on a purpose graphic organizer on this essay. The longer videos used are, Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker Talk on Sports Salaries & , The HBO documentary, “The Curious Case of Curt Flood.” Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and many videos showing the themes of the unit. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing about Marvin Miller and Curt Flood’s contributions to baseball. Students will listening to a NPR Talk of the Nation discussing sports salaries on charts provided in the appendix; they will complete the evaluation of ethos, logos, and pathos. There is a rhetorical situation lesson on The New York Times article, “Should Superstar Athletes Make More Money and Run Their Leagues?” by Jay Caspian Kang. The students will complete a PAPA Square for Rhetorical Analysis for “‘The Labor Movement Never Stands Still’: An Interview With Marvin Miller (1917–2012)” by Dave Zirin. There is an audience analysis graphic organizer for The New York Times essay, “The Athlete Who Made LeBron James Possible,” by Clyde Haberman.

There is opportunity for debate using The New York Times Room for Debate series for Marvin Miller Changed Sports. For Better or Worse? The entire lessons act as a building of context for a rhetorical analysis of Malcolm Gladwell’s essay, “Talent Grab,” or a synthesis essay using the sources from using The New York Times Room for Debate series on Marvin Miller Changed Sports. For Better or Worse?

These seven daily lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.


There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.


New in 2019:

Reformatted & added 4 more lessons. Fixed or replace missing links. Added more videos, audios, print sources, rhetorical situation, purpose & audience analysis. Resource is up to 33 pages. Fixed and improved writing prompts.

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33 pages
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1 Week
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