EngageNY Grade 5 ELA Module 3a: Considering Perspectives and Supporting Opinions: Sports and Athletes’ Impact on Culture
Sports are hugely important in American culture. A reading of Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America, Sharon Robinson’s biography of her father, provides the impetus for fifth graders to investigate respected sports figures who served as leaders and the cultural barriers these athletes broke during the times which they lived. Scholars read biographical articles and other informational texts to begin to study argumentative writing, analyzing how writers provide evidence to support their opinions. They also continue to build their skills to write arguments based on multiple sources, focusing on crafting clear opinions and providing sufficient reasons and evidence. For the final performance task, pupils write a letter to a publishing company explaining the need for a biography about their selected athlete. They discuss the athlete, evaluate the barriers they broke, and give an opinion about the importance of that athlete’s impact on American society.
EngageNY Grade 5 ELA Module 3a, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: The Importance of Sports in American Culture
EngageNY Grade 5 ELA Module 3a, Unit 2: Case Study: Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America
EngageNY Grade 5 ELA Module 3a, Unit 3: Culminating Project: Expert Groups Research and Writing an Opinion Letter