SLAM homework due by Thursday 8 PM

by December 01, 2010

By Sam Rubenstein / @samrubenstein

This is a real assignment I gave a few sections of my students today. For one group it was classwork, for another it was homework. ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 9th GRADER? Prove it.

Name: _____________________________

9th Grade ELA – Mr. Rubenstein

LeBron James returns to Cleveland – Setting and Opinionated “Facts” activity



Erik Spoelstra – The current coach of the Miami Heat

Mike Brown – The former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was fired after LeBron and the Cavs lost to Boston in the playoffs last year.

Pat Riley – The President of the Miami Heat. He is a legendary former coach who has won 5 championships. As team president, he signed LeBron James and Chris Bosh and re-signed Dwyane Wade this past summer.


Narcisissism – fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.


Belittled – to regard or portray as less impressive or important than appearances indicate. To minimize, decry, deprecate, deride, scorn, dismiss.


Meticulous – taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough.


Scapegoat – a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.


In the past we have discussed fact vs. opinion. You will read the column King James wants Spoelstra to bow to him, which was written by the columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, who is paid to have STRONG opinions.


Make a list of 5 of his opinions that are presented as facts:








What is Wojnarowski’s opinion of LeBron? Is it fair? Why or why not? Explain.