Those Who Can Coach Can Teach

Those Who Can Coach Can Teach:  Collaborating with Athletic Coaches to Raise the Level of Students’ Close Reading, Argumentation Skills, and Academic Agency

  • Mary Ehrenworth and Cornelius Minor, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Mark Federman, East Side Community High School
  • James Jennings, Katherine Messer, and Christopher McCloud, School of the Future

Here are some resources to support this work in your school. All of these are texts or videos that we pulled from various places on the internet. For ease of lesson planning and work in professional learning communities, we just assembled them all here…

To access these files, you will simply need to download them to a computer or high capacity drive. You can play them from there or load them to tablets or mobile devices.

Also, here are some traditional texts and films that we used, in excerpt, with students when we did this work:

Selected Books

  • Heat – Mike Lupica
  • Ball Don’t Lie – Matt de la Pena
  • Play Ball – Matt Christopher
  • Game – Walter Dean Myers
  • The Walk On – John Feinstein
  • Payback Time – Carl Deuker
  • Football Genius – Tim Green

Selected Movies

  • Hoosiers
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Remember the Titans
  • A League of their Own
  • Finding Forrester
  • Ali
  • Bend it Like Beckham
  • Rudy
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer
 

5 Comments


  1. Hello! I read your article “Those Who Can Coach Can Teach” in Journal of Adolescent Lit & Adult Literacy Aug 2015. I love the article. It simplifies the connection between coaching and classroom strategies. This is an article and concept I plan on sharing with my staff when we return to school. I know it will help me to build partnerships between academics and athletics.

    I am looking for two extra resources that are listed at the end of the article. #1: Argument checklist for grade 9 by Ehrenworth and Calkins and #2: Performance Analysis Form (thanks due to Richard Kent) Both of these resources are stated to be found on this website, but I am struggling with locating them.

    Thank you again for a great article and for collecting/sharing the video resources, books, and movies used to demonstrate this athletic/academic partnership.

  2. Amy Davies Wiebusch

    I just finished the article “Those Who Can Coach Can Teach” in the August 2015 Journal of Adolescent Literacy. I plan on sharing this with my administrator and also with the teaching staff. Your analysis of the similarities between the two will definitely make sense to a team of teachers who are sports enthusiasts but fail to see the connection to the analytical component. I am excited about the use of this in the school. Thank you for sharing your list of books and movies. Please send the argument checklist by Enrenworth and Calkins and the Performance Analysis Form.

    • Hi Amy,

      If you didn’t find the performance analysis form, check out my website:
      http://www.writingathletes.com

      You might also be interested in this article from English Journal:

      *Kent, R. (2014). Learning from Athletes’ Writing: Creating Activity Journals. English Journal, 101(1), 68-74.

      Write with questions.

      Yours,
      Richard Kent
      University of Maine

    • Hi Amy,

      If you didn’t find the performance analysis form, check out my website:
      http://www.writingathletes.com

      You might also be interested in this article from English Journal:

      *Kent, R. (2014). Learning from Athletes’ Writing: Creating Activity Journals. English Journal, 101(1), 68-74.

      Write with questions.

      Yours,
      Richard Kent
      University of Maine

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