COURSE TITLE: HISTORY OF AMERICAN SPORTS: Film, Literature & Classroom Resources

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COURSE TITLE:
HISTORY OF AMERICAN SPORTS: Film, Literature & Classroom Resources
NO OF CREDITS:
6 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]
WA CLOCK HRS:
OREGON PDUs:
INSTRUCTORS:
ERIC LOW, M.A.
[email protected]
360/219-7986
60
60
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:
This course requires assignment responses to be posted in a password secured ONLINE website that is
hosted by The Heritage Institute.
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This interactive, kid-friendly approach to American sports that will motivate teachers and students of all
ages to explore the development of sports in American history. Teachers and students will explore
American sports through hands-on activities, websites, biographies, documentaries, films, and artifacts to
provide a more complete understanding of its historical role. This course is open to all K-12 teachers. and
all literature, video, websites and classroom resource ideas will meet state standards.
History of American Sports: Film, Literature, and Classroom Resources gives teachers and students a
compelling grasp of the historical evolution of American sports from 1845 to the present. This course
provides students with insights that will allow them to develop new perspectives on American history by
examining sport as a social and cultural phenomenon, generating a better understanding of current
sports, and considering future developments in sport in American life.
Teachers will examine and learn how women, minorities, ethnic and religious groups, and historical
events have influenced the U.S. sporting culture. We will look at some of the greatest athletes (including
Babe Ruth, Jack Johnson, Babe Didrikson, Jim Thorpe, Seabiscuit, Jackie Robinson, Mohammed Ali,
Michael Jordan, etc,) and many of the legendary teams (such as Knute Rockne's Notre Dame
championship teams, The New York Yankees of the 1930s and 1950s, the 1980 Olympic Men's Hockey
Team, the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era, etc ), as well as lesser known examples.
LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this course, participants will:
1. Have a broader knowledge of the different literature, film, and classroom resources for classroom
use on the topic of American sports .
2. Develop greater skill in how to use literature, videos and selected classroom resources for
teaching the role of American history through sports for classroom purposes.
3. Develop a plan for a comprehensive teaching unit on the themes of American sports.
4. Incorporate the results of extended reading and research on American sports to lesson plans.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Participants will complete assignments and post responses to specific questions online. Completion of all
specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award
partial credit.
HOURS EARNED:
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns
participants their choice of 60 Washington State Clock Hours or 60 Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute
is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.
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UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires
75% or better for credit at the 400 level (Upper Division) and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level
(Post-Baccalaureate). These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.
1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments
30%
2. Completion of Learning Application assignments
40%
3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment
30%
CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education (CE) Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No
Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to
a “C” or better, 500 level credit is equal to a “B” or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.
AUS CE quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine
with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for
your purpose.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
COURSE MATERIAL and/or TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
You will need high-speed (DSL) Internet access in order to easily view online resources. Some
reading materials may be provided online as PDF documents, a format readable by computers with
Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may download a free copy of Acrobat Reader from our website, if needed.
You will need a DVD player and also may need online streaming and VHS capabilities in order to
view the films listed. A 3-month Netflix subscription is optional and costs about $30. Your districts’ ESD,
local video stores, and libraries will have these films. Other video sources could include Netflix, Amazon
Prime, YouTube, and Hulu.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK (Select one of the following. These titles can be found through
Amazon/Kindle, EBay, Local Libraries, or ESDs. See bibliography for full annotation):
• Sports in American History: From Colonization to Globalization by Gerald Gems, Linda Borish
and Gertrud Pfister (Aug 7, 2008)
• Sports in American Life: A History by Richard O. Davies (Nov 15, 2011)
• More Than Just a Game: Sports in American Life Since 1945 (Columbia Histories of Modern
American Life) by Kathryn Jay (Apr 18, 2006)
•
A Brief History of American Sports by Elliott J. Gorn and Warren Goldstein (Dec 6, 2013)
• Major Problems in American Sport History (Major Problems in American History) by Steven Riess
(Jan 1, 2014
• The Unlevel Playing Field: A Documentary History of the African American Experience in Sport
(Sport and Society... by David K. Wiggins and Patrick B. Miller (Apr 4, 2005)
• American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports (6th Edition) by
Benjamin G. Rader (Nov 3, 2008)
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GETTING STARTED:
• After registering for the course, you will be sent an email with the website address, password and
course key you need to access your online course, along with log in instructions.
• Access each assignment listed here in the online course environment and enter your responses.
• Write your responses in a WORD document and then ‘copy/paste’ them into the Responses box.
• When all assignments are completed, CLICK the 'ALL ASSIGNMENTS COMPLETED.’ The instructor
will be notified that you have completed all assignments.
• After the instructor reviews your work and enters his responses you will be notified by email. You will
be instructed to log in and view those responses. SAVE a copy of all your assignments and
responses.
NOTES TO ALL PARTICIPANTS:
• You are not required to be present (i.e. online) specific days or times. You will work at your own pace.
• All responses will be posted online. Large documents, files, photographs or PowerPoint presentations
may be attached as part of your response by using the “Share A File” option.
• You may work collaboratively and submit similar responses on all assignments except the Integration
Paper, which must be individually authored.
• To maintain privacy, please do not refer to students in your papers by their actual names, but rather
use an alias or designation such as “Student A.”
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ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A.
INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignment #1:
Please write a 1-2 page response to the following questions and post your answers in the online response
box provided:
a) Why did you choose this course?
b) Please introduce yourself (i.e. teaching assignment, location, level, etc).
Assignment #2:
For this assignment we will be looking at American's historical setting as a background to the
development and understanding of American sports. Refer to the Required Text selection and/or
bibliography; you will need to select one of the books to read (or another title of your own choice, with the
instructor’s prior approval). Most of these books can be found at local libraries or are available for
purchase at Amazon.com or another book outlet.
While reading the book you select, create a list of 10 different athletes and/or sports teams that you
encounter and write a one paragraph summary for each of them. In your one summary include the
following:
a) Their sport and the location and era in which they played.
b) Social/historical conditions that existed at the time of their careers (i.e. Female professional
baseball teams that played during World War II).
c) The significant contributions that the athlete and/or team did during their particular era of
competition.
d) How are they remembered today?
You could create this as a power point for usage in your classroom teaching which could include images
of these key people. Post in the online response box.
Assignment #3:
For this assignment we will be looking at the historical setting and career of an athlete and/or team of your
choosing through non-fiction literature. You will need to select a non-fiction work of literature on your
own and have it approved by the instructor. I have listed several possibilities in the bibliography but you
are able to select a text not on this list. Most of these books can be found at local libraries or for purchase
at Amazon.com or another book outlet.
While reading your the book you select, create a timeline of key people, places, and events about your
athlete and/or team and post this timeline in the online box provided. You could create this as a power
point for usage in your classroom teaching which could include images of key people and places.
• In your own words, explain why you think this athlete and/or team is historically significant based
on this information. Post in the online response box.
Assignment #4:
For this assignment we will be looking at the historical setting of eight (8) athletes and/or teams of your
choosing through film. Your choices should be divided into two (2) different time periods in American
history, – 1845-1945 and 1945-present. You will need, therefore, to select four (4) films that focus on the
1845-1945 time frame and four on 1945-present I have listed several possibilities in the bibliography, but
you are able to select films not on this list. Many of these films are available on Netflix, Amazon Prime,
Hulu, YouTube or in local libraries or ESDs. Keep in mind that you will want to have use of a DVD player,
online streaming and/or VHS viewing capability. Once you’ve made your selections, indicate the eight
teams/athletes you’ve chosen and the films you plan to use. Post in the online response box.
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Assignment #5:
Watch the films and write a two-three paragraph summary for each of these athletes and/or teams. In
your paragraph summaries include the following:
• The sport and the location and era in which they played.
• Social/historical conditions that existed at the time of their careers (i.e. Jackie Robinson becoming
the first African American professional baseball player during an era of segregation in
professional sports).
• The significant contributions that the athlete and/or team did during their particular era of
competition.
• How are they remembered today?
You could create this as a power point for usage in your classroom teaching which could include images
of these key people. Post in the online response box.
Assignment #6:
• Describe in general terms how you plan to use any of the eight films viewed in your teaching.
Indicate your grade level and the course or theme you are teaching.
• Review the pages below on effective ways for asking questions and make a list of “rich” (i.e.
engaging) questions you would pose to your students given the films you would choose to show.
The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom
http://www.edutopia.org/asking-students-good-questions
Post in the online response box.
Assignment #7:
For this assignment you will be examining a number of websites that can be found in the bibliography
section of this document that offer interactive material, PowerPoint demonstrations, and example lesson
plans that you can use in your teaching situation. To access each website, please retype the URL into
your web browser or cut and paste the URL from the bibliography to your web browser. Then, spend
some time reading and exploring all of the websites. Select five (5) of the websites and in 3-4 pages post
a review in the online box provided, which details the following:
• How information on the websites could be used to supplement a lesson on this subject.
• How teachers could use the websites’ information to gain additional material not on the videos or
in the literature.
• Specific elements you found helpful and interesting.
• Your overall impression of the websites.
This completes the assignments required for Hours.
Continue to the next section for additional assignments required for University Quarter Credit.
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ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B.
LEARNING APPLICATION
(Required for 400 and 500 Level)
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most
participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you are not teaching in a classroom,
please contact the instructor for course modifications. If you are a classroom teacher and start or need to
complete this course during the summer, please try to apply your ideas when possible with youth from
your neighborhood, at a local public library or parks department facility, (they will often be glad to sponsor
community-based learning), or with students in another teacher’s summer classroom that is in session.
Assignment #8:
In Assignments #2 through #7 you have examined a variety of resources on American sports. From
this material develop a unit of 2-3 lessons about American sports in that you can implement with your
students. Incorporate as many American historical facts about the era in which your player and/or team
played in order to give your students a broad perspective on this topic.
Your unit should include:
• Description of lessons
• Expected student outcomes
• Activities
• Sequence of activities
• Method of assessment
• Follow-up learning
Describe any suggested texts or other reading students will do. You may include slide shows, art, music,
period costumes, etc information and post in the online box provided. Feel free to replace the lesson plan
outline attached to this syllabus with your school or district’s own format, if you wish.
Post in the online response box.
Assignment #9:
Execute the lessons you created in Assignment #8 and provide a summary of the students’ success or
failure with the lesson and post in the online box provided.
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500 LEVEL ASSIGNMENT
Assignment #10:
(500 Level only)
In addition to the 400 level assignments, complete one of the following:
Option A) Create an annotated bibliography of various resources that you could use and share with
colleagues. The list should include resources from a variety of different media. It should also include
literature that could be used in a classroom setting.
OR
Option B) Design a PowerPoint presentation or YouTube video that describes what you learned from this
course that you could present to other teachers, administrators, or school board members.
OR
Option C) Another assignment of your own choice with the instructors prior approval. Examples might be:
a slide show from the classroom resource web sites; lesson in which the class selects a local community
legendary athlete and/or team to report on; developing a fictional play about and athlete and/or team and
the struggles of his or her era, etc.
Post in the online response box.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENT REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
C.
INTEGRATION PAPER
(Required for 400 and 500 Level)
Assignment #11:
Complete the requirements for university quarter credit by submitting a final 2-3 page Integration paper.
A heading is required. Please use the following format:
Your Name:
Date:
Course Name:
Course Number:
Number of Credits:
Level: (400 or 500)
Advisor Name:
Respond online to each of the 5 questions below. (First list the question and then write your answer)
1. What did you learn vs. what you expected to learn from this course?
2. What aspects of the course were most helpful and why?
3. What further knowledge and skills in this general area do you feel you need?
4. How, when and where will you use what you have learned?
5. How and with what other school or community members might you share what you learned?
Post in the online response box.
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INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Be sure to mark the “All Assignments Completed” section in the online course environment to notify the
instructor that you have completed the course.
Upon receiving notification of your completion of all your course assignments, your instructor will post final
written comments in the HOL online environment.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
Eric Low, M.A., has been a history teacher in the state of Washington since 1992. He has lived, taught,
and studied in Southwest Washington since 1994. Eric has a Master’s degree in history from
Eastern Washington University with an emphasis in America’s West and has been an active researcher of
Washington State history for over 20 years. Eric currently teaches history at Winlock High School and
serves as a Lead Teacher for ESD 112s “Constitutional Connections” American History grant.
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HISTORY OF AMERICAN SPORTS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Required text: select one of the following books in this section for required reading for
assignment #2
Davies, Richard O. Sports in American Life: A History. ISBN-10: 0470655461. Hoboken, NJ. WileyBlackwell, 2011.
This book provides an overview of sports in America from the colonial period to the present day.
Gems, Gerald, Borish Linda, and Pfister, Gertrud. Sports in American History: From Colonization to
Globalization. ISBN-10: 0736056211. Champaign, IL. Human Kinetics, 2008.
This book provides an overview on sports from the indigenous tribes of premodern America, through
colonial societies, to the era of sport in the United States and examines how women, minorities, and
ethnic and religious groups have influenced U.S. sporting culture.
Gorn, Elliott J. and Goldstein, Warren. A Brief History of American Sports. ISBN-10: 0252079485
Champaign, IL. University of Illinois 2013.
Elliott J. Gorn and Warren Goldstein show us where our games and pastimes came from, how they
developed, and what they have meant to Americans. The great heroes of baseball and football are here,
as well as the dramatic moments of boxing and basketball
Jay, Kathryn. More Than Just a Game: Sports in American Life Since 1945 (Columbia Histories of
Modern American Life). ISBN-10: 0231125356. West Sussex. Columbia University Press, 2006.
More Than Just a Game tracks the explosion of the sports industry in the United States since 1945 and
how it has shaped class, racial, gender, and national identities. By examining both professional and
intercollegiate sports such as baseball, football, basketball, golf, tennis, and stock car racing, Kathryn Jay
looks at the impact of packaging, salary, hype, corporate sponsorship, drug use, and the presence of
women and African American players
Rader, Benjamin G. American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports (6th
Edition). ISBN-10: 0205665152 Upper Saddle River, NJ. Pearson Education, Inc. 2008.
This book offers a reflective, analytical history of American sports from the colonial era to the present.
This book considers how sports transcend these fundamental categories, and how the experience of
sports either as a player or as a fan can bind diverse groups together.
Riess, Steven. Major Problems in American Sport History (Major Problems in American History) ISBN10: 0669353809. Boston, MA. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2014.
This book covers many of the problems in American sports such as gambling, drugs, corruption, etc.
Each topic is covered by both secondary readings and a wide variety of primary source documents.
Wiggins, David K. and Miller, Patrick B. The Unlevel Playing Field: A Documentary History for the
Aftrican American Experiience. ISBN-10: 0252072723. Champaign, IL. University of Illinois Press, 2005.
This book offers the histories of Africa Americans and sport in the U.S.
NON-FICTION TEXT. SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING BOOKS IN THIS SECTION FOR
ASSIGNMENT #3.
I have divided these books by possible grade levels, however, any of these books can be used at any
grade level.
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GRADES K-6
Crisfield, Deborah. The Everything Kids’ Soccer Book: Rules, techniques, and more about your favorite
sport. ISBN-10: 160550162X. Champaign, IL: Adams Media; Second Edition (April 18, 2009).
This book provides basic rules, techniques and the history of soccer.
Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids. Sports Illustrated Kids The TOP 10 of Everything in SPORTS. ISBN-10:
1618930796. Sports Illustrated; New York, NY (October 15, 2013).
This book provides aspects of Pro Sports. From the top athletes to the most popular teams in the world.
Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids. Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Why Sports Edition. ISBN-10:
1618930354. Sports Illustrated, New York, NY (August 7, 2012).
This book explains such things as why: three goals is called a hat trick? Why "Take Me Out to the
Ballgame" sung during the seventh-inning stretch? Why the Cleveland Browns have a logo on their
helmet? Why do golf balls have dimples? Why do Olympic swimmers flip when they turn at the end of the
pool? Each answer is provided with an in-depth explanation on the science, history or origin of the
particular subject matter and contains photos and illustrations that help make the information easy to
digest.
Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids. Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Who: Football. ISBN-10:
1618930400. Sports Illustrated, New York, NY (June 11, 2013).
From the editors of Sports Illustrated Kids comes The Big Book of Who: Football, a 128-page collection of
the brightest stars in America's favorite sport, past and present. Profiles, facts and stats will bring the best
players in pro football history to life with all of the classic touches that Sports Illustrated Kids is famous for
- terrific, age-appropriate writing and exciting sports photography. Gridiron greats such as, from Sammy
Baugh to Cam Newton, Jim Brown to Emmitt Smith, Dick Butkus to Ray Lewis will be profiled.
rd
Jacobs, Greg. The Everything KIDS’ Football Book, 3 Edition: The all-time greats, legendary teams, and
today’s favorite players. ISBN-10: 1440540098. Adams Media; Third Edition, New York, NY. (August 15,
2012).
This book discusses the heroes of football past and present.
LeBoutillier, Nate. The Best of Everything Basketball Book (The All-Time Best of Sports). ISBN-10:
1429663278. New York, NY. (January 2, 2011).
This book provides some of the greatest background and historical facts about the game of basketball..
GRADES 7-12
Armstrong, Lance, and Jenkins, Sally. It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. ISBN-10:
0606215565. New York, NY. G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 2002.
This autobiography provides the troubling story of Lance Armstrong.
Auerbach, Red, and John Feinstein. Let Me Tell You a Story : A Lifetime in the Game. ISBN-10:
0316010723. New York, NY. Little, Brown & Company. 2005.
This autobiography provides the story of Red Auerbach, one of the most successful basketball coaches in
history.
Bannister, Roger. The Four-Minute Mile, Fifteith-Anniversary Edition. ISBN-10: 1592285813. Guilford,
CT. Lyons Press. 2004. This autobiography tells the story of Roger Bannister as he broke the record for
running under a four minute mile.
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Bird, Larry. Drive: The Story of My Life. ISBN-10: 0553287583. New York, NY. Bantam Books. 1990.
This autobiography tells the story of Larry Bird, one of the greatest professional basketball players.
Bissinger, H.G. Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream. ISBN-10: 0306809907. Cambridge,
MA. Da Capo Press. 2000.
This award winning book tells the story of the Permian HS football team in West Texas.
Callahan, Tom. In Search of Tiger: A Journey Through Golf with Tiger Woods. ISBN-10: 1400051401.
New York, NY. Three Rivers Press. 2004. ISBN-10: 1400051401
This biography tells the story of Tiger Woods and his success as a professional golfer.
Cox, Lynne. Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer. ISBN-10: 0156031302 New
York, NY. Harcourt, Inc. 2005.
This autobiography tells the story of Lynne Cox and her quest to swim to Antarctica.
Fainaru-Wadam Mark and Willimas, Lance. Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids
Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports. ISBN-10: 1592401996 New York, NY. Gotham Books. 2006.
This book reports the steroid scandal of professional baseball.
Fitzpatrick, Frank. And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Kentucky, Texas Western, and the Game That
Changed American Sports. New York, NY. Simon & Schuster; First Edition. 1999.
This book provides the story of the Texas Western college basketball national championship.
Freeman, Russell. Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion. ISBN-10: 0544104919. New
York, NY. HMH Books for Young Readers. 2014.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias was one of history's greatest athletes as an All-American basketball player, an
Olympic gold medalist in track and field, and a championship golfer who won eighty-two amateur and
professional tournaments. She was elected Woman Athlete of the Year six times, and in 1950 was named
Woman Athlete of the Half Century. This insightful and well-researched biography from a Newbery
medalist brings to life the woman who changed the perception of female athletes forever.
Hauser, Thomas. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times. ISBN-10: 0671779710. New York, NY. Simon &
Schuster. 1992.
This biography details the life of Muhammad Ali.
Howard, Johnette. The Rivals: Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova - Their Rivalry, Their Friendship, Their
Legacy. ISBN-10: 0224075055. London, UK. Yellow Jersey Press. 2005.
In March 1973 two women met on a tennis court in Akron, Ohio. Over the course of the next sixteen
years, together they would change the world. In their long careers Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert
played each other eighty times, sixty of those in finals. For twelve consecutive years, from 1975 to 1986,
one or other finished the season ranked No. 1 in the world. Each set out to be the finest player women's
tennis had ever seen; each goaded the other to greatness
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Kahn, Roger. The Boys of Summer. ISBN-10: 0060883960. New York, NY. Harper Perennial Modern
Classics. 2006.
This is a book about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went
on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color
barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a book by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and
who had the good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodgers for the Herald Tribune. This is a book about
what happened to Jackie, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, and the others when their glory days were
behind them. In short, it is a book about America, about fathers and sons, prejudice and courage, triumph
and disaster, and told with warmth, humor, wit, candor, and love.
Lewis, Michael. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. ISBN-10: 0393324818 New York, NY.
W. W. Norton & Company. 2004.
This modern day story tells of the success of the Oakland A’s despite limited resources or support.
Lewis, Michael. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. ISBN-10: 0393330478. New York, NY. W. W.
Norton & Company. 2007.
This book tells the story of Michael Oher and his rise to professional football despite his economic
hardships.
Maraniss, David. When Pride Still Mattered : A Life Of Vince Lombardi. ISBN-10: 0684870185. New York,
NY. Simon & Schuster. 2000.
This biography discusses the life and success of Vince Lombardi as an NFL coach.
May-Treanor, Misty. Misty: My Journey Through Volleyball and Life. ISBN-10: 1439148554. New York,
NY. Scribner. 2011
The passionate, poignant, and triumphant story of two-time Olympic gold medal–winning beach volleyball
icon Misty May-Treanor. More than any Olympics in history, the 2008 Beijing Summer Games captured
the world’s imagination, and Misty May-Treanor became one of the biggest U.S. stars on the global stage.
Patrick, Danica. Danica-Crossing the Line. ISBN-10: 0743298306. New York, NY. Touchstone. 2007.
This autobiography tells of Danica Patrick and her life as a race car driver.
Plimpton, George. Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback. ISBN-10: 1599218097 Guilford,
CT. Lyons Press. 2009
With his characteristic insight and wit, the Harvard-educated Plimpton recounts his experiences in
successfully talking his way into training camp - not as a reporter but as a player - with the Detroit Lions,
practicing with the team, and actually taking snaps behind center in a preseason game.
Summitt, Pat. Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a
Life in Perspective. ISBN-10: 0385347057. New York, NY. Three Rivers Press. 2014.
Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and bestselling author of Reach for
the Summitt and Raise The Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as
well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Wooden, John. Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court. ISBN-10:
0809230410. New York, NY. McGraw Hill. 1997.
This autobiography tells of the success on and off the basketball court of John Wooden.
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HISTORY OF AMERICAN SPORTS
WEB SITE RESOURCES
Web Sites to be reviewed for assignment #7: The following websites may contain: a general
overview of a particular sport and the history of its creation, lesson plan ideas, and/or some
history of individual athletes and/or teams.
"1965–66 Texas Western Miners Basketball Team." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 14 Sept. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1965–66_Texas_Western_Miners_basketball_team
This article discusses the 1965-66 Texas Western college basketball team as they became the first team
to start all African Americans.
"Babe Didrikson Zaharias." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 17 Sept. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Didrikson_Zaharias
This article discusses Babe Didrikson Zaharias who is considered to be the greatest female athlete in
U.S. history.
"Baseball, Race Relations and Jackie Robinson Lesson Overview." Overview. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/robinson/
This website provides lesson plans in association with the Jackie Robinson story.
"Baseball -­‐ The Tenth Inning." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014. http://www.pbs.org/baseball-thetenth-inning/for-educators/lesson-plans/
This website provides lesson plan ideas for baseball.
"Black Sox Scandal." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Aug. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sox_Scandal
This article discusses the 1919 Black Sox World Series scandal
"Curriculum." Baseball Hall of Fame. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://baseballhall.org/education/school-programs/curriculum
This website provides lesson plans for all K-12 subject areas through baseball.
“Discrimination in Sports.”. New York, NY: Skira Rizzoli, 2013. Web.
http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/freedom_from_discrimination__sports_history.pdf
This website provides lesson plans for discrimination in sports
"History of American Football." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Sept. 2014. Web. 18 Sept.
2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_American_football
This article discusses the history of American football
"History of Baseball in the United States." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 17 Sept. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_baseball_in_the_United_States
This article discusses the history of baseball
"History of Basketball." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 09 Nov. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_basketball
This article discusses the history of basketball
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"History Of Boxing." History Of Boxing. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014. http://www.historyofboxing.info/
This article discusses the history of boxing
"History of Golf." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 09 Feb. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_golf
This article discusses the history of golf
"History of Soccer in the United States." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 09 June 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_soccer_in_the_United_States
This article discusses the history of soccer in the U.S.
"History of Women in Sports." First Lady Lesson Plan:. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://www.firstladies.org/curriculum/curriculum.aspx?Curriculum=1600
This website provides lesson plans and resources for women in sports
"Horse Racing." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 Sept. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_racing
This article discusses the history of horse racing in the U.S.
"Jim Thorpe." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 09 Dec. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Thorpe
This article discusses Jim Thorpe who is considered to be the greatest male athlete in U.S. history
"Knute Rockne." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 Sept. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knute_Rockne
This article discusses Knute Rockne, one of the pioneers of American football
"Lesson Plan Library." Women And Sports. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/women-and-sports.cfm
This website provides lesson plan ideas for women in sports
"Lesson Plans Based on Movies & Film!" U.S. History Lesson Plans from Movies and Film Clips. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014. http://www.teachwithmovies.org/us-history-culture-subject-list.htm
This website provides some great sports lesson plans and the use of sports films. Scroll down through the
different time periods to see a list of the sports and the films being used. Click on the sports link and the
lesson and history will be shown
"Lou Gehrig." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Sept. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Gehrig
This article discusses Lou Gehrig aka "The Iron Horse" and his professional baseball life and tragic
disease
"Olympic Games." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 18 Sept. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Games
This article discusses the history of the Olympic Game
"Sports Lesson Plans & Worksheets | Lesson Planet." Lesson Planet. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://www.lessonplanet.com/lesson-plans/sports?gclid=CKn7wNzxzL8CFQaBfgodMm0AfQ
This website provides a wide variety of lesson plans for different subject areas and sports for all ages.
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"Volleyball." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 18 Sept. 2014. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volleyball
This article discusses the history of volleyball
"View a Plan." HotChalk Lesson Plans Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014
http://lessonplanspage.com/sshistoryoftheolympicsfullplan25-htm/
This website provides elementary age sports lesson plans.
FILM RESOURCES
SELECT EIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING FILMS IN THIS SECTION FOR ASSIGNMENT #4.
Most of the following titles can be found on Netflix, either in the DVD format or online streaming. These
titles may be found through other video sources other than Netflix as well.
Select 4 of your 8 films from this category: 1845-1945:
Highly recommended is Ken Burns: Baseball. This series starts in 1845 and goes into the present day.
Ken burns provides an excellent backdrop to American history and the development of baseball within
that history. It is available for instant watch on Netflix.
A League of Their Own. Dir. Penny Marshall. Prod. Robert Greenhut. By Lowell Ganz. Perf. Tom
Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna. Columbia Pictures, 1992. DVD.
This film shows the life of professional women’s baseball team during WWII in the U.S.
Cinderella Man. Prod. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Perfs. Paul Giamatti, Renee Zellweger, and Russell Crowe. Universal Pictures, 2005. DVD.
This movie is about legendary boxer Jim Braddock, who arrived on the scene during the Great
Depression at a time when Americans were woefully in need of a hero.
Eight Men out. Perf. John Cusack. Orion Pictures, 1988. DVD.
This film chronicles the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal during the World Series.
Jim Thorpe, All American. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Perf. Burt Lancaster. 1951. DVD.
This film chronicles the life of Jim Thorpe and his successes as a professional athlete.
Ken Burns: Baseball. Dir. Ken Burns. George Will. PBS, 1994. DVD.
This documentary is the complete history of baseball.
Knute Rockne, All American. Dir. Lloyd Bacon. Perf. Pat O'Brien. 1940. DVD.
This movie details the life of Knute Rockne, one of Notre Dame’s greatest football coaches.
Leatherheads. Dir. George Clooney. Prod. Grant Heslov and Casey Silver. By Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly. Perf. George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski, Jonathan Pryce, Peter Gerety, and Jack Thompson. Universal Pictures, 2007. DVD.
This movie shows the life of a professional football team in the 1920s.
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Seabiscuit. Perf. Toby McGuire. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2004. DVD.
This Depression-era drama is based on the true story of champion racehorse Seabiscuit
The Babe. Dir. Arthur Hiller. John Goodman. Universal Pictures, 1992. DVD.
This movie chronicles the life of Babe Ruth.
The Pride of the Yankees. Perf. Gary Cooper. Samuel Goldwyn Home Entertainment, 1942. DVD.
This is one of the greatest American stories about one of the greatest American heroes: baseball
phenomenon Lou Gehrig.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson--A Film Directed by Ken Burns--Part 1. PBS,
2005. DVD.
Long before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, boxer Jack Johnson became the first AfricanAmerican to obtain the world heavyweight title. This documentary tracks the life of the trailblazing boxer,
from his early days as the son of former slaves to his rise through the ranks of a traditionally all-white
sport, culminating with the 39-year-old's achievement of the title in 1908
When It Was a Game. Perf. Mickey Mantle. 1991. DVD.
This documentary tells the story of baseball from the Depression to the 1950s, using footage shot from
the movie cameras of fans and players..
Select 4 of your 8 films from this category: 1945--Present:
61*. Dir. Billy. Crystal. Perf. Barry Pepper. 2001. DVD.
This movie follows Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle as they attempt to break Babe Ruth's 1927 singleseason home run record.
Ali. Dir. Michael Mann. Perf. Will Smith. 2001. DVD.
This film tells the story of Muhammad Ali.
Brian's Song. Perf. James Caan. Screen Gems, 1971. DVD.
This Emmy-winning drama focuses on the friendship between Chicago Bears fullback Brian Piccolo and
running back Gale Sayers, which becomes a mutually motivating gridiron rivalry and inspiring strength
when Piccolo is diagnosed with cancer.
Field of Dreams. Perf. Kevin Costner. Universal., n.d.1989. DVD
This fictional story is about a man and his quest to understand baseball.
Hoosiers. Dir. David Anspaugh. Prod. Carter De Haven and Angelo Pizzo. By Angelo Pizzo. Perf. Gene Hackman and Barbara Hershey. Orion Pictures, 1986. DVD.
This is the story of a small town high school basketball team that wins a state championship.
Ken Burns: Baseball. Dir. Ken Burns. George Will. PBS, 1994. DVD.
Documentarian Ken Burns takes a swing at baseball, chronicling the sport's signature people, places and
events and its deep-rooted relationship to American culture.
Moneyball. Perf. Brad Pitt. Universal, 2011. DVD.
This film is about the success of the Oakland A’s despite economic problems.
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Nadia: From Romania with Love. Perf. Nadia. 1976. DVD
The gymnast who made history by receiving seven perfect scores of 10 in the Montreal Olympics is
profiled in this fact-based TV movie.
Raging Bull. Dir. Martin. Scorsese. Robert. De Niro, Joe. Pesci. United Artists, 1980. DVD.
This is the story of boxer Jake LaMotta.
Remember the Titans. Dir. Boaz Yakin. Perf. Denzel Washington. 2000. DVD.
This is the story of the integration of two schools in Virginia in 1971.
Rocky. Perf. Sylvester Stallone. United Artist Records, 1976. DVD.
This is the fictional story of a low end boxer and his opportunity to fight for the championship.
Rudy. Dir. David Anspaugh. Perf. Sean Astin. 1993. DVD.
This is the true story of Rudy and his quest to play football for the University of Notre Dame.
The Blind Side. Perf. Sandra Bullock. Warner Bros., 2009. DVD.
In this sports drama based on a true story, affluent couple Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy take in Michael, a
homeless teenager. Leigh Anne helps him catch up academically and nurtures his growth into a football
powerhouse
The Fabulous Harlem Globetrotters. United World Films, 1971. DVD.
This documentary that chronicles the team's legendary 1948 defeat over the Minneapolis Lakers and their
historic 1951 Berlin trip.
The Jackie Robinson Story. Perf. Jackie Robinson. Hearst, 1950. DVD.
This 1950 biographical movie tackles the racial issues that elevated and threatened Jackie Robinson, the
first baseball player to break the color barrier
The Road to Glory. Dir. Howard Hawks. Prod. Darryl Francis Zanuck and Nunnally Johnson. By Joel Sayre, William Faulkner, Gregg Toland, Louis Silvers, and Hans Peters. Perf. Fredric March, Warner Baxter, Lionel Barrymore, June Lang, and Gregory Ratoff. N.d. DVD. 2006
In 1965, Coach Don Haskins inherits a losing basketball team at Texas Western University and brings on
seven black players, angering others at the school and resulting in threats of violent retaliation.
Educational Service District
Many ESDs have Age of Exploration videos available for use at your school. Check selections.
Local Library Systems
Many local library systems have Age of Exploration videos available for use at your school.
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LESSON PLAN TEMPLATE
Grade Level: ____________
Subject: __________________________________________________________________________
Theme/Topic: _____________________________________________________________________
Student Outcomes: (with connection to State standards)
Required Materials and Equipment:
Agenda:
(The major events of the day posted for public viewing. Schedule warm-up, bathroom breaks, surprises
(pop quiz), guest speakers, specials, assemblies, movie clips, outside assignments etc. so students can
manage their time with you.)
Warm Up:
(A 1-2 sentence task, written or drawn on the board, to be completed alone or in groups prior to
the beginning of the lesson. At the elementary level it would be used for classroom transitions, and in
grades 7-12 to define one content area from another. The warm-up is designed to access learning from
the previous lesson and settle students into the flow for the present lesson on hand.)
Anticipatory Set:
(Attention Getter to kindle student interest)
Direct Instruction (10-20 mins):
(Input, Modeling/demo, giving directions, check for understanding)
Guided Practice (x mins):
(Under teacherʼs direct supervision, students individually apply or practice what they have just learned
and receive immediate feedback)
Closure (x mins):
(Actions designed to cue in students that they have arrived at an important point in the lesson or at the
end of the lesson; often closure consists of review and clarifying key points)
Independent Practice:
(Student directed, may be incorporated before closure or as outside assignment. The aim is repetition in
enough different contexts so that the learning may be applied to any relevant situation, not only the
context in which it was originally learned.)
Assessment and Follow-Up:
(Self-reflection, collaborative rubric, other rubric, anecdotal evidence, teacher created quiz/test etc., peer
review, standardized test, exhibition, portfolio piece(s))
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