Are student athletes under too much pressure to perform? Middle schoolers use evidence from a series of provided videos and articles to support their stance on this highly-charged topic.
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- The topic is one that maynot engender interest in all class members; therefore, consider offering alternatives like the pressure to achieve high grades
- Scored, sample essays are included to model for teachers how to use the rubric
- Included in the 90-page packet are the prompt, links to the required videos and articles, sample scored essays, instructional support materials, and information about the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) grade 8 reading-research clubs
- The focus of the lesson is on learning to use evidence from provided materials to support a claim; therefore, even if some writers are not enthused about the topic, they can complete the performance task and demonstrate their competence