Practice with Synthesis: Malcolm Gladwell on Sports Salaries

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In 1992, Hall of Fame Dodger broadcaster Red Barber said, "Marvin Miller, along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, is one of the two or three most important men in baseball history." Marvin Miller was the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) from 1966 to 1982. Under Miller's direction, the players' union was transformed into one of the strongest unions in the United States.

These lessons examine the history and arguments for and against today’s high sports salaries. Malcolm Gladwell’s essay “Talent Grab” along with his talk at the 2010 New Yorker Festival examine the effect of Marvin Miller’s work not only on sports salaries but on the business industry as a whole.

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. An assessment synthesis essay from either having access to the 3rd Edition of Cliff’s AP English Language and Composition book or by going to a link of the book is used which also has a rubric and student essay samples. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. The essay serves as excellent synthesis preparation. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.

Tags: AP English Language, sports salaries, Marvin Miller, argument, Socratic Seminar, baseball, American Literature, Common Core, labor unions, non-fiction, income inequality, Malcolm Gladwell, Curt Flood


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Practice with Synthesis: Malcolm Gladwell on Sports Salaries
Practice with Synthesis: Malcolm Gladwell on Sports Salaries
Practice with Synthesis: Malcolm Gladwell on Sports Salaries
Practice with Synthesis: Malcolm Gladwell on Sports Salaries