Description: Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 6B


6B: Recognizing Persuasion

6B: Recognizing Persuasion

Description: Recognizing Persuasive Devices

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Selection: HiE-26


Grade level: 5
Word count: 1552 words
Author: Karen Berman
Synopsis: Basketball today is very different from the game of old. When the NBA started, African Americans weren't even allowed to play. Find out how things changed.
Excerpt: Getting into the NBA was a great achievement. But the three young players still faced many obstacles. Some hotels in the southern United States would allow only white people to stay in their rooms. So when Cooper, Clifton, and Lloyd traveled to games with their teams, sometimes they could not stay with their teammates and had to find other hotels. Not all the other players and fans were supportive, either. In fact, they were sometimes openly disrespectful. Many years later, Lloyd remembered those early days. "Fans called me everything. They told me to go back to Africa, where I've never been! But you can't jump over the stands and get at the fans. The only way you can get at them is to play," he said.

Question: What is the author's opinion of the first African American professional basketball players?
  1. They were hardworking and determined.
  2. They were easily disappointed.
  3. They were angry and stubborn.
  4. They were talented but too sensitive.

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Writing prompt: Do you like to read selections in which the author lets you know his or her feelings? Would you rather read a selection that simply provides facts? Describe a selection you liked because the author did or did not show personal feelings.


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