For the second Action Project in the 82 Elective, GCE students investigated the following guiding question:
Why do cities that pursue professional sports franchises become battlegrounds for competing interests?
Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:
The city in which you reside is attempting to bring a new professional franchise (NBA) to the area. This process involves a tremendous amount of effort—politically, economically, socially, and geographically. There will be a public vote in two weeks; your challenge is to argue for or against the establishment of this franchise in your city by addressing the VALUE of the franchise to the community.
Your action project is to produce an infograph, as a position statement, so that local citizens may quickly and effectively learn about the impact of this prospective venture, generate a personal opinion, and move toward action.
Check out the students’ infographics by clicking on the team logos below.
Alignment with Common Core ELA Standards & Math Standards
CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-IC.A.1 Understand statistics as a process for making inferences about population parameters based on a random sample from that population.
CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.