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Pro athletes' Salaries Aren't Overly Exorbitant by Mark Singletary
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To Seventh Grade Pro Athletes' Salaries Aren't Overly Exorbitant by Mark Singletary - Unit 8: Information, Argument, and Persuasion D. Argument, p.921 Pro Athletes' Salaries Aren't Overly Exorbitant by Mark Singletary Reread lines 91-100, which contain Singletary's main claim. Paraphrase, or restate, his claim. Professional sporting events generate a lot of money, and most of that money should be used to pay the players' salaries or compensations, since they are the ones who make the games fun to watch. Answer Do you agree that playing on a major sports team would turn into work? Connect The need to put forth effort on a regular basis would make it work. At the same time, doing something one loves is not work. Answer Mrs. Algarín
Language Arts Analyze, p.921 What does the writer think the transition from fun to work justifies? Answer He thinks it is a reason to ask for more money. Synthesize, p.921 What is the relationship between advertisers and athletes? How should this affect the athletes' salaries? Answer The athletes attract advertisers, so their salaries should include a share of the money that advertisers pay. Do Professional Athletes Get Paid Too Much? by Justin Hjelm (Yalm) The Horizon
Staff Reporter E. Argument, p.922 "Athletes have always made a lot of money" -that's the argument Hjelm anticipates in lines 6-21. What is his counterargument? Answer Hjelm concedes that star athletes have always earned a lot of money, but he points out that today even substitute players (who might work only three times a week) make ten times more than the average worker. Overgeneralizations often contain signal words such as all, none, never, everyone, and always. Substituting a word such as some, sometimes, few, or often limits statement and makes it logical. Identify and rewrite overgeneralizations. No player deserves a high salary.
Everyone benefits under the present system.
Athletes are some of the wealthiest people in our nation.
All young people who play sports want to become professional athletes.
Some games are entertaining to watch. Vocabulary
Use context clues to define:
raking in seven-figure salaries Vocabulary
crying poverty Make Judgments
Both writers seem sincere, but their ways of expressing their views and organizing their editorials differ. Which writer you would invite to speak at an annual sports banquet and why? Create an imaginary invitation to the writer of your choice, explaining the reasons he has been invited. Connectm p.923 If you were an athlete, would you be tempted to start playing professionally as soon as possible? Why? Answer Yes. I would be tempted by the possibility of making so much money. Analyze What message (theme or epiphany) does the writer feels that athletes' salaries send to the youth of today? Answer The message is that money is all-important. the more money a person earns, the more worthwhile the person is. Evaluate How does this message influence the decisions that young athletes make? Why does the writer view these decisions negatively? Answer He sees many young athletes skipping college and going right into the NBA draft. Many do not make it, and then they are left without a college education. Math Connection: Compare the two Contracted Salary amounts Kenny Anderson Alex Rodríguez Answer $15,881,881 Evaluate Reasoning What overgeneralization does Hjelm make about professional athletes? Answer Athletes "have no ability to relate to the public" (lines 79-80) After Reading, pp.925-7 Comprehension
Extension and Challenge
Vocabulary in Context
Reading-Writing Connection video time http://ocpsondemand.ocps.k12.fl.us/SAFARI/montage/search.php?SearchValue=NBA&totalRows_Search=8&onlyavailable=f&fromgrade=-1&tograde=13&perpagecount=10&onlyclosedcaptioned=f&downloadable=f&homeaccessplayable=f&onlywithteacherguides=f&onlywithndvr=f&onlywithquizzes=f&onlywithdatasheets=f&onlywithotherattachment=f&onlywith3d=f&candelete=f&dashboardlink=f&chk_video=t&chk_image=t&chk_audio=t&chk_whiteboard=t&chk_visualdictionary=t&chk_document=t&chk_weblink=t&chk_ebook=t&chk_imscc=t&chk_other=t&chk_dcp=f&chk_alerts=f©right=all©rightstyle=all©rightyear=all&contentpackage=all&publisher=all&creationuser=all&schoolglobalid=all&location=both&newcontent=&schoolnews=&onlymultilanguage=f&creationdatetype=all&creationdatestart=12%2F24%2F2012&creationdateend=01%2F24%2F2013&filterduplicaterecords=f Find the claims and reasons.
claim #1: lines 91-4
reasons: lines 36-39
claim #2: lines 33-4
reasons: 33-7, 51-76, 77-80
Use a brace map to record your findings. Your opinion with your supporting ideas Evaluate Reasoning No player deserves a high salary. (overgeneralization)
Some players deserve a high salary.
Everyone benefits under the present system. (overgeneralization)
Most benefit under the present system.
Athletes are some of the wealthiest people in our nation. (logical reasoning)
All young people who play sports want to become professional athletes. (overgeneralization)
Most of young people who play sports want to become professional athletes.
Some games are entertaining to watch.(logical reasoning) Vocabulary in context early entrants (line 67), "high school athletes who skip college to enter the NBA draft at a young age"
crying poverty 21,726,881 5,845,000 Comprehension 1. Singletary thinks that "ultimately professional sports will fail or have to be restructured significantly." (lines 11-13)
2. Hjelm thinks that society puts too much emphasis on entertainment, and he himself contributes to this problem by being such a rabid sports fan. Critical Analysis 3. Singletary argues that players are no more selfish than the owners or the networks that pay so much to be able to broadcast the games. Standard Focus: Evaluate Reasoning
OVERGENERALIZATIONS CAN BE AMENDED BY
INSERTING WORDS SUCH AS SOME FEW AND
SEVERAL. Single-cause falacies should be adjusted to include additional causes. "Athletes are paid too much for simply playing games." (lines 33-4) Support EVEN TODAY´S ROLE PLAYERS MAKE
TEN TIMES WHAT THE AVERAGE WORKING PERSON
MAKES (lines 10-21) PEOPLE IN MORE IMPORTANT PROFESSIONS SUCH AS TEACHERS POLICE OFFICERS AND
FIREFIGHTERS MAKE LESS THAN PERCENT OF
WHAT SOME PLAYERS MAKE (lines 39-47) NUMBER OF TEENAGERS SKIPPING
COLLEGE TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE DRAFT HAS RISEN
SHARPLY SINCE 1994 AS A RESULT OF THE HUGE
INCREASE IN SALARIES (LINES 66 ¯76) Vocabulary in context
Vocabulary in Writing