When a tough guy like Iron Mike Ditka has serious considerations, given the knowledge that he has now, on whether to allow his children to play football---you know there are some serious problems with concussions and veteran football players. Concussion diagnoses have increased by about a third since the league let independent medical official assess players. And it seems that with each NFL veteran’s death, another diagnoses of C.T.E is revealed. Is it correct for a society to glorify a game that is ruining the lives of its players?
These lessons examine the arguments for and against watching and playing football. The use of multimedia and interviews help teach the concept of the lesson. There is a highlighting exercise for reinforcing the rhetorical triangle.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. For subject matter, A New York Times Room for Debate on football is used. An assessment essay from the 2004 AP English Language essay Question #2 is used which also has links to a rubric and student essay samples. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.
Tags: AP English Language, concussions, Mike Ditka, argument, Socratic Seminar, football, C.T.E, American Literature, Common Core, non-fiction, NFL , TED TALKS, NPR