Friday, February 03, 2006

Gem of the South Bronx

I got a grant from the Jordan Fundamentals program to teach a literacy unit on sports journalism, which paid for (among other things) our private tour of Yankee Stadium, including a talk in the press box. I'm teaching this unit to my 10th grade English inclusion class. Many of my students live for baseball, so I thought this would get them excited about reading and writing. So far, so good. The best part of our field trip was our visit to the Yankee Stadium press box. Students got to sit in the sportswriters' chairs, and they looked like real pros. I've never seen them so enthralled! We also visited Monument Park.

Yankee Stadium - A View from the Warning Track
To any teachers at high needs schools - schools where most students are eligible for free lunch - I highly recommend applying for this grant. You can get $2500 for one unit! The application deadline is usually at the end of May, and the 2006-2007 school year application should be available on the website soon.You have to create a budget and explain in detail how your unit is related to state standards. Your unit does not need to be sports-related. It's fairly competitive, but if you put together a clear application, you'll have a great shot. I applied for a combination of related books, materials, and field trips.

Only fourteen days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring training! The bleacher creatures should be coming out of hibernation soon. It's been a long, cold, lonely winter in the Bronx without them.


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