Hoop Professionals and Career Tips

Lesson Plan

Students get exposed to careers in the hoop industry to start their career exploration and see how it connects to their interests. They see real professionals and learn tips for success.

Students will:
A) get a better understanding of the variety of careers in the basketball industry.
B) learn new vocabulary words and how to use them
C) think critically about what it takes to be successful in these careers.
D) learn persuasive writing that shares what they have learned.
E) start their career exploration and how it relates to their interests.
F) have academic discussions with their classmates, teammates and peers.

1) Students can watch the video individually, in groups or as a class.
2) Go over the Vocab words with students. Ask them the meanings and have a discussion so you know they have a good understanding.
3) Students to completely answer the questions below.
4) Students share what they wrote for #7, one at a time. In pairs, in groups or whole class.

Common Core Alignment:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6(7,8).1: Write argument with evidence
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6(7,8).3: Write narratives of events or experiences
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6(7,8).4: Produce and publish writing
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6(7,8).8: Recall information
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6(7,8).1: Engage effectively collaborative discussion
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6(7,8).2: Paraphrase Information
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6(7,8).4: Present knowledge ideas




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Sports Analyst

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Sports Agent

General Manager




Your Thoughts?

Based on the video you just watched answer the questions below.

1) What are some jobs the Damian Lillard would like to have after being an NBA player?

2) Even though Thaddeus Focher has an engineering background what did it take for him to become a sports agent?

3) What is one of the values that Thaddeus Focher transfered from engineering to sports?

4) What were some of the one the reasons that writer Marc Spears became a sports writer?

5) What advise does David Aldridge NBA Analyst give to students?

6) What would you tell a friend about different jobs in the basketball industry and what it takes to be successful? Show evidence when listing jobs and way to be successful.

7) If you were going to select any of the careers from this video, which one would you choose and why? Write as many reasons that you have to choose that career. What would it take for you to do well? Show evidence and sources of what you learned from the professionals.

In Groups or as a Class students can share one career they have chose to pursue and how it relates to their interests.