Template Text: “Pro Athletes’ Salaries Aren’t Overly Exorbitant” and “Do Professional Athletes Get Paid Too Much?” Teacher: Josh Barnas and Elizabeth Graham Grade Level: 7



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Text: “Pro Athletes’ Salaries Aren’t Overly Exorbitant” and “Do Professional Athletes Get Paid Too Much?”

Teacher: Josh Barnas and Elizabeth Graham

Grade Level: 7th



Eligible Content

Text-Dependent Questions

What will students DO?

Read #1: Key Ideas & Details
Literal Level: What does the text say?

EC: E.07.B-K.1.1.1

E.07.B-C.2.1.1


What claim does the author make about this subject? What reasons does he use to support his claim?

Students will read the text and identify the claim/supporting reasons using a graphic organizer.

Read #2: Craft & Structure/Vocabulary
Structural Level: How does the text work?

EC: E.07.B-K.1.1.1

E.07.B-C.3.1.1

E.07.B-C.3.1.2



How does the author of each text use ethos, pathos, or logos to support his claim? Give specific examples and explain how they are used.

Students will use a 3 column organizer to identify any examples of ethos, pathos, and logos in the text and explain how they are used to support the argument.

Read #3: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Inferential Level: What does the text mean?

EC: E.07.B-K.1.1.1

E.07.B-C.3.1.1

E.07.B-C.3.1.2



Examine the author’s use of evidence. Is it reliable evidence that is strongly connected to the claim? Examine whether the author uses a counterargument and rebuttal. How does this make the argument more effective?

Students will reread the article to identify the evidence. They will write down the evidence in a chart and determine whether it is reliable and strongly connected to the claim.

Students will then look for a counterargument and convincing rebuttal in each text. They will write down the counterargument and rebuttal if present.



Constructed-Response/Text-Dependent Analysis Prompt (ESSAY)
Action Oriented Level: What does the text inspire me to do?

EC: E.07.B-K.1.1.1 E.07.B-C.2.1.1 E.07.B-C.3.1.1 E.07.B-C.3.1.2



PROMPT: Which author more effectively supports his claim? After reading “Pro Athletes’ Salaries Aren’t Overly Exorbitant” and “Do Professional Athletes Get Paid Too Much?”, write an essay in which you care which author best supports his claim and argue which author most effectively uses relevant evidence, argumentative techniques, and sound reasoning. Support your position with evidence from the text(s).


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