Strange and Amazing Sports #9: NBA Basketball's Slowdown Showdown

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This informational passage tells the story of a famous and historically important NBA basketball game played in 1950 between the Minneapolis Lakers and Fort Wayne Pistons that has become known as “the most boring basketball game ever played.” As a result of this incredible game, in which the Pistons held the ball on the floor, stalling and refusing to attack the basket, the 24-second clock was introduced to NBA basketball rules. The Pistons’ 19-18 victory set many of the wrong kinds of records, and the game caused an uproar among the booing fans who witnessed the event and upset league officials. Please see the Preview for the first page of the passage and ALL the assessment questions that follow.

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” Sport Informational Text and Assessment Collection

The printable includes:

1) An engaging, high-interest informational article of 950+ words called “NBA Basketball: The Slowdown Showdown.” Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.3

2) A set of 20 questions to measure comprehension of the passage and to expand student understanding of the game of basketball and the evolution of its rules.

3) Answers to every question.

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Strange and Amazing Sports #9: NBA Basketball's Slowdown Showdown
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