Joltin' Joe Has Left and Gone Away: Assessing the Attributes and Influence of Joe DiMaggio and Other American Icons


  • Aug 22 2010 8:00 AM

    Louise Bigham

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This lesson, from the New York Times Learning Network, encourages students to assess what qualities are most admirable in entertainers across a wide variety of entertainment genres. Students first read and discuss Joe DiMaggio's obituary, focusing on his accomplishments, admirable qualities, and place in American society as a whole. Students then research and create their own descriptive biographies of athletes and entertainers whom they admire.

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 6 to 12

    Topics: American Democracy, Reading Comprehension, United States History, History-Social Science, English-Language Arts


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    Grouping: Large Group Instruction

    Teaching Method: Hands-on Learning; Discussions