Strange and Amazing Sports #2: The Smallest of the Big Leaguers

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Eddie Gaedel was a 3’7” little person brought into Major League Baseball in 1951 by Bill Veeck, the zany owner of the worst team in baseball, the St. Louis Browns. Gaedel’s signing and appearance were a gimmick to increase attendance for the team, and the game Eddie Gaedel played in is one of the strangest and most memorable moments in all baseball history. This is the story of that event: the before, the during, and the after.

This Common Core-aligned informational reading and assessment can be used in Grades 4-8 depending on your students' ability levels and in a number of ways by teachers (teacher-directed study in class, close reading, independent practice, homework, test prep, etc). This is a high interest article that works equally well with either reluctant readers or in the regular classroom!

This passage and assessment is ideal as part of a close reading program in your classroom based around mastery of the Common Core! What does that mean to you as a classroom teacher? It means that this is not the typical “one reading I'm done” comprehension work often given before the Common Core Standards were created. To complete the assessment for the passage, students will need "to undertake the close, attentive reading and re-reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex and worthy works.”

This resource is part of a larger collection of “Strange and Amazing” Sports informational texts and assessments. The bundle can be purchased at a 40% discount to the price of the individual resources that are included by clicking below.

”Strange and Amazing” Sports Informational Text and Assessment Collection

The printable includes:

1) An engaging, high-interest informational article of 900 words called “The Smallest of the Big Leaguers.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 5.8

2) A set of 23 questions, from simple to more challenging, written to align with these Common Core Informational Text Standards:
RI.4.1. Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RI.4.5. Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
RI.5.4. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
RI.5.9. Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.


3) Answers to every question.

While you are here, take a look at my popular Common Core-Aligned Informational Text bundles, created to help busy teachers implement the ELA standards! All the best texts and assessments organized into easy-to-use collections.

Common Core-Aligned Informational Text Assessments: Grades 4-5

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Any claims of correlation or alignment to the Common Core State Standards are solely those of Mark Aaron and have not been evaluated or endorsed by the NGA. Mark Aaron is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the creators of the CCSS.

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Strange and Amazing Sports #2: The Smallest of the Big Leaguers
Strange and Amazing Sports #2: The Smallest of the Big Leaguers
Strange and Amazing Sports #2: The Smallest of the Big Leaguers
Strange and Amazing Sports #2: The Smallest of the Big Leaguers