Weekend Tech: NBA Lockout

Nothing makes me pay attention like the headline “Federal Mediator to Step into NBA Lockout.”  It’s a giant train wreck unfolding.  There is something ironic in the fact that the NBA is tweeting about their own demise.


The idea of giving students a current topic to read/write over isn’t a new one.  Everyone uses this idea.  But this weekend we’ll up the stakes a little bit by looking at some different types of online sources to teach rhetorical appeals and voice.

Examining Headlines

One of the easiest ways to talk about rhetorical appeals or voice is to look at smaller sections of text.  Practicing with smaller sections ensures that students don’t get overwhelmed in a sea of text and then quit.  Headlines are great for a mini lesson.  Have students write about the word choice in some/all of the headlines below.  At the very least you can have them practice some solid synonyms for tone.  You can see from the range below that they range from the practical, to the apathetic, to the angry.

NBA lockout: Owners, players can’t solve issues fans wish they had

Tracee Hamilton, The Washington Post


NBA lockout: Sound and Fury signifying, nothing

Mike Wise, The Washington Post


NBA Benefits Plan Typical…For Millionaire Ballplayers

Maxwell Murphy, The Wall Street Journal


NBA Lockout? Wake us when it’s over

Patrick Hruby, The Washington Times


NBA Lockout Presses Small-Business Owners

Emily Maltby and Sarah E Needleman, The Wall Street Journal


Necessity Dictates Fewer Games, but Sanity Makes a Case, Too

Richard Sandomir, The New York Times


NBA Players Should accept pay cut, get back to work

Bill Plaschke, The LA Times

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