Sam Anderson writes in the New York Times Magazine article, “The Misunderstood Genius of Russell Westbrook,” of the near impossibility of Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2016-17 season of averaging a triple-double over the course of a season, a feat only achieved by Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season. A link to the article is provided.
There are many links to video and audio resources for analyzing the argument about Russell Westbrook’s incredible quest. There are links to multiple clips of Westbrook, including a documentary of his high school playing days. The resource features an original prompt based on responding to a quote about the impossibility of average a triple double in today’s NBA game. Students will craft an argumentative thesis sentence for an argument that agrees, refutes, or qualifies points the quotation.
Also, there is a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals from Steven A. Smith’s loud opinion about Kevin Durant leaving Russell Westbrook last year in an unmanly manner. There is also a look at the great Oscar Robertson and his opinion on Russell Westbrook’s quest.
Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These 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. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, basketball, NBA, triple doubles, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom