Play Ball : Improving Literary Skills through America’s Pastime. Kate Lenz and Tyler Simms Education 200 Curriculum Project. Leadoff : Introductory Thoughts….
Kate Lenz and Tyler Simms
Education 200 Curriculum Project
Students will be given a handout with questions related to the origin, rules, and other interesting facts about baseball to complete.
At the end of the class, the teacher will facilitate a discussion of the correct answers in order for all students to have an understanding of the basics of baseball.Day One
The teacher will explain that the students will be writing a letter to a baseball player.
The teacher will introduce the correct format for writing a “friendly” letter on the blackboard.
The teacher will distribute a rubric that lists specific criteria that the body paragraphs must contain.
Within the class period, the students will write two drafts of the letter and the final will be graded.Day Two
To begin the third day, the class will read together “Casey at the Bat” and a story about Babe Ruth.
Students will complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the two characters.
The students will be evaluated y the teacher on this assignment based on a rubric grading system.Day Three
Initially, in their groups, students will brainstorm baseball vocabulary together.
The teacher will present a vocabulary handout featuring more baseball terminology.
The teacher will model a poem that incorporates all of the reviewed baseball lingo.
Students will create their own poems in the same format, keeping with the theme of baseball.Day Four
Baseball clinic with Trinity baseball players baseball vocabulary together.Day Five