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module 3A
39 Instructional days (39 hours)

Considering Perspectives/Supporting Opinions: Sports and Athletes’ Impact on Culture


This module begins with a brief study of the importance of sports in American culture over time. The heart of this module is a whole class study of the short but challenging biography Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America (1030L) by his daughter, Sharon Robinson. (Students will read selected segments; some of these will be read aloud.) Students will analyze Jackie Robinson as a specific example of an athlete who served as a leader who broke barriers in society. They will also begin to study argumentative writing, analyzing how the author Sharon Robinson provides evidence to support her opinions.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 5 ELA Module 3A. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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