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Stadium Voices
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Athletes, popular and unpopular alike, come and go, but their homes remain somewhat constant. Dodger fans loved Ebbets Field, and Giants fans adored the Polo Grounds. Today, Knicks fans flock to Madison Square Garden, and Yankee fans revere the "House that Ruth Built." What makes these locations so special? Students will begin to answer this question after watching the NEW YORK VOICES special "New York Sports: Big Shots and Bad Guys." As part of this unit, students will read excerpts from famous novels and essays in hopes of understanding the feelings that sports stadiums inspire. Finally, they will try to capture these emotions and feelings in a tourist brochure that highlights the history, appeal and importance of these buildings.

Grade Level:
Grades 6 to 8

Time Allotment:

  • One class for introductions, reading and discussion
  • One hour for viewing the video "New York Sports: Big Shots and Bad Guys" from the NEW YORK VOICES series
  • Two classes for poetry and writing reflections about the players and owners
  • Two to four classes for research and design of stadium brochures
  • One class for presentations

Subject Matter:
History, Sports History, Literature, English

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Research information on the Internet.
  • Understand why sports is so important to America.
  • Read an excerpt from literature and summarize it
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively on a project.


National Standards:

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 5 SubjectID=7&StandardID=5
Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process

MCREL THINKING AND REASONING, Level 4, Standard 2 SubjectID=21&StandardID=2
Understands and applies basic principles of logic and reasoning

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 8 SubjectID=7&StandardID=8
Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 9 SubjectID=7&StandardID=9
Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media

MCREL LANGUAGE ARTS, Level 4, Standard 2 SubjectID=19&StandardID=2
Knows the characteristics and uses of computer software programs.

MCREL WORKING WITH OTHERS, Level 4, Standard 1 SubjectID=22&StandardID=1
Contributes to the overall effort of a group

This lesson was prepared by: Anna Chan Rekate