Yesterday's Newsday contained this article on the two finalists for the redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum. If I were teaching summer school in Nassau County, I would use this informational text as a multi-day lesson for my students. After a close read of the text, we would complete a compare/contrast activity, and culminate with a written argument in which students defend their choice of the better option for the county. To launch debate, I might ask students if it is right to allow MSG to have such a vice grip on New York sports. When it is so expensive for families to go see professional sports, should MSG be allowed to control this arena too? What about the fact that the Ratner group brought the Islanders from Nassau to the Barclays Center? When families want to see any New York sports, they will continue to have to do so at the terms (prices) set forth by very powerful companies.
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