Sports Writing Lesson – Day One

Prepared by: Jami Williams, Mexico High School, Mexico, Missouri

Students will learn the different types of sports stories and will create a useful tool for future sports reporting


  1. PowerPoint presentation
  2. Partner work activity


  1. Level 1 (Basic) understanding of the types of sports stories
  2. Level 1 (Basic) research for generation of a classroom tool
  3. Level 1 (Basic) creation of a classroom tool


  1. Sports writing PowerPoint 1
  2. Sports cheat sheet graphic organizer


Steps to check for student understanding

  1. Teacher will do frequent comprehension checks in the form of Classroom Assessment Techniques (thumbs up, thumbs down; exit slip in the form of post-it note summary)
  2. Students will present their cheat sheets to the class the next day in the form of a presentation – score the presentation according to your accepted presentation rubric.   


  1. Suggested bell ringer: What is one thing that should be a sport that isn’t and why should it be considered a sport?
  2. Teacher will present PowerPoint.
  3. Students will take notes.
  4. Teacher will transition into the classroom activity. (If you were expecting a writing assignment,that will come later! Today, we are going to make something that will help you help your students in the long run!)
  5. Let your students know that they need to use the graphic organizer to help keep them on track while doing research.
  6. They will probably need to contact the coaches or the athletic director to get copies of the rosters.
  7. They will present the cheat sheets to the class tomorrow, so make sure they are prepared to answer questions.
  8. Let them know that it would be of value to create both a printable version and a version that can be stored online in a format that can be accessed such as Google drive.


  1. Exit slip: If you were to be recruited for one sport, anything in the world, even something that isn’t a sport, what would it be and why?