The "Battle of the Sexes” was the 1973 exhibition tennis match between female tennis superstar Billy Jean King and Bobby Riggs, the aging former Wimbledon champion and self-proclaimed “king of the male chauvinist pigs.” One of the strangest and most memorable sporting events in American history, it came at a time of increased attention to women’s rights (or lack thereof) in the United States and marked a turning point in the fight for gender equality. From its beginnings as a simple publicity stunt orchestrated by Booby Riggs, the match ballooned into a television spectacle watched by over 90 million people around the world, culminating in Riggs losing to Billie Jean King in straight sets. This article explains the background of events leading up to the match, the contest itself, and the aftermath for American society.
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/no prep resource includes:
1) An engaging, high-interest informational article of 900+ words called “Riggs vs. King: The Battle of the Sexes.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.2
2) A set of 23 questions, from basic to more challenging, written to align with these Common Core Informational Text Standards:
RI.4.9. Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
RI.5.3. Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the 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.6.5. Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
RH.6-8.8. Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
3) Answers to every question.
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