NOTE: I WILL BE UPDATING THIS POST DAILY DURING THE NEXT WEEK, ADDING MORE MATERIAL AS I CREATE IT AND AFTER PERHAPS OTHER SHARE THEIR OWN EXERCISES
I’ve assembled a list of sports writing exercises and handouts for those needing additional material as we all move to teaching online for the next several months. Feel free to use, share, adapt – whatever works to help you educate students. If you would like to share your own exercises, please send them along. I will post your instructions, your name and your college/media for full credit. I’m hoping this can serve as an archive for sports media education.
If you already use the Field Guide to Covering Sports, you have additional exercises in the back of the book. Plus, I identify ways to prepare, watch and write about 20 different sports. Another possible exercise: Ask students to detail their favorite tips/advice/suggestions from the more than 100 sports media cited in the book to get them to dig into the information on specific sports before they start writing stories.
Let’s keep this discussion among educators going on Twitter as well at #SportsEd. Or feel free to comment below.
Best of luck in your teaching this semester.
SPORTS AP STYLE
BASKETBALL: I developed this exercise for the Illinois High School Activities Association state sports writing competition.
CROSS COUNTRY: An exercise that test students’ ability to calculate scoring in this team sports, to focus on a local angle in a national story and on the ability to insert key descriptions and to select key quotes.
FOOTBALL: An exercise that tests students’ abilities to identify the key plays, drives, stats and to select and insert the best quotes to elevate the narrative.
GOLF EXERCISE: An exercise that tests students’ ability to understand how scoring works; to identify key holes, streaks, quotes; to properly description action; and to select and insert the best quotes to elevate the narrative. Unlike in most other sports, a golf reporter must rely on insights from the athletes to provide play by play. Even in the final, it can be difficult to watch more than one pairing at a time.
SOCCER EXERCISE: An exercise that tests students’ ability to understand key soccer stats; to identify key moments and to insert the best quotes to elevate the narrative.
SPORTS COLUMN RUBRIC – adapt as you see fit.
SPORTS STORY RUBRIC – adapt as you see fit