This fall, baseball fans were treated to a classic Game 7 of the World Series, which was the highest rated baseball game on television in 25 years. The Chicago Cubs snapped their 108-year drought and defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a 10-inning thriller.
Students will view supporting video clips on the theme of adversity Included in the material is a link to the Sports Illustrated account of the game written by Tom Verducci. Also included are performances by the Cubs with Bill Murray on Saturday Night Live, several NPR stories, a 30-minute condensed version of the game, an inning by inning written account of the game, and video highlights of the 5 million person victory parade.
The lesson features the 2009 AP English Language and Composition examination free response thematic prompt on overcoming adversity. Students craft an argumentative thesis sentence for the prompt. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and on qualifying an argument.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or 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.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, baseball, theme